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Island B Brown


Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Bechtersheim on 20 Jan 45 in B-17 #4337889.
Obituary published in Wilmington Star-News on Apr. 16, 2008
B. Brown 'I.B.', 85, of Wilmington, NC, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at his residence.
He was born on September 21, 1922, in Wilmington, NC, the son of the late Richard E. and Elizabeth Brown.
Mr. Brown served as a Deacon and Elder at Winter Park Presbyterian Church. He was also a Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 218 as well as being a Mason.
Mr. Brown was a veteran of the US Army Air Corp having served during WWII where he spent time as a POW in Germany. He was awarded a Purple Heart and went on to earn the rank of 1st Sergeant in the Army Reserves, 993rd Transportation Unit, before his retirement. Mr. Brown also spent forty-two years working for the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
I.B. enjoyed cars, old and new, as well as traveling the country with his wife and friends in their motor home. Most of all, he loved his family, especially his wife.
Surviving is his wife of sixty-two years, Allene Williams Brown; two sons, Richard Bennett Brown and Robert Lee Brown; one grandson, Scott Ryan Brown and wife Allison; and one great granddaughter, Anna Ryan Brown.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Oleander Memorial Gardens followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm Wednesday at Winter Park Presbyterian Church with Dr. Madison M. Highfill and Rev. Emile Harley officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 South 17th St., Wilmington, NC, 28401 or to Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 4501 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, NC, 28403.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
A Valley Chapel Service
Online condolences at
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Apr. 16, 2008


Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37889

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-B] Nuthampstead 16/7/44; repaired Missing in Action 21/11/44 with Brown & Genung, AOC, re-ass 24/11/44; (38m) Missing in Action Mannheim 20/1/45 with Jim Mitchell,...


Event Location Date
Born Chinquapin, North Carolina, USA 21 September 1922
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 20 January 1945


Date Contributor Update
14 November 2017 18:18:40 Skubikesq Changes to biography and events

Wilmington Star-News, 4/16/08 (Obituary)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11797 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database