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Howard O Brown

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Assigned Oct 1944. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught more. We also we

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People

  • Lyman Barkalow

    Military | Captain | Command Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and c

  • Dale Fagan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Francis Jones

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and c

  • Steele Roberts

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Schieben on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 #44-8704. Came down SW of Calau. On the following day Sgt. Roberts was escorted by Germans to the churchyard of a small town where his comrades were lain out in a wagon prior to burial. ...

  • Herbert Rotfeld

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down and kiled over Plauen Germany on 3/19/45 KIA. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run ...

  • Joseph Spiess

    Military | Lieutenant | Mickey Operator, Pathfinder Operator, Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and c ...

  • David Thomas

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught ...

  • George Vandruff

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught

  • George Vandruff

    Military | First Lieutenant | 96th Bomb Group

  • Martin Zajicek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #44-8704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught [......

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 44-8704

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/44; Hunter 17/12/44; Dow Fd 5/12/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 22/1/45; Missing in Action Jena Opt Wks 19/3/45 with Capt Francis Jones, Co-pilot: Dave Thomas, Bombardier: George Vandruff, Radio Operator: Herb Rotfeld,...

Associated Place

  • Eccles

    Military site : non-airfield
    Exact location unknown - centred on the Eccles Road area adjacent to Snetterton Heath 138. There is an active, but un-manned railway station there that would probably have been used in Eccles proposed capacity as a Strategic Air Depot Area. However,...

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 19 November 1917
POW Barth, Germany 19 March 1945

Stalag Luft I, North 2 - Barrack 7 - Room 4

Liberated 30 April 1945

Stalag Luft I Liberated

Died 7 June 2002

Lt Col US Air Force
World War II, Korea, Vietnam

BILOXI --- Howard "Bud" Brown, 84, died Friday, June 7, 2002, in Biloxi.

Mr. Brown was a resident of Biloxi and was of the Catholic faith. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was a P.O.W. in Germany during WWII and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Brown.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Brown of Diamondhead and Gary Brown of Belton, Texas; his sister, Lucille Millen of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, in the Biloxi National Cemetery, directed by Riemann Funeral Home, Bay St. Louis.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2018 01:28:43 kneelhurst Changes to awards
Sources

Corrected Medals awarded through notes in obituary

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2018 01:25:57 kneelhurst Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Research conducted to learn more about Lt. David L. Thomas's Crew

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology; Snetterton Falcons, pg 201, 239, 245 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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