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John Innes Brown III


Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF, Tour expired ETD.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron
  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....


Event Location Date
Born 13 January 1920

13th Jan 1920.

Educated Morgan Park, Chicago, IL, USA 1938 – 1940

Graduated from Morgan Park Military academy.

Pre enlistment Illinois, USA 1940 – February 1941

Working at Illinois Steel Foundation, resigned.

Joined RAFVR Canada February 1941

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA February 1941 – April 1941

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK May 1941

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom May 1941 – June 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK June 1941 – 14 September 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Shot down a German Junkers 88 and damaged four enemy ships.

Returned Stateside United States September 1942

Returned Stateside to share combat experience.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 14 September 1942 – July 1943

Transferred to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF

Injured in Car crash Cambridge, IL 61238, USA July 1943

Having obtained leave to bring his automobile back to Chicago, his automobile overturned on a curve near Cambridge.
A friend, Lt. James D Gray, was driving at the time of the mishap and was only slightly hurt. Lt. Brown was hospitalized and suffered a fractured pelvis and a concussion.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 1944

Tour expired. ETD.

Flying accident Wood County Airport, Bowling Green, OH 43402, USA 1 June 1944

Crashed Belly Landing due to Engine Failure, 6 miles from Wood County Airport, OH, Cat 5 damage. A/C
P-47C 41-6648 of 135BU homebase Millville AAF, Millville, NJ.

Buried Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA 1999

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA.

Died 25 July 1999

25th Jul 1999


Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 00:17:21 Eagle's Ace Changes to nickname


Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 11:11:32 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2015 14:03:22 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2015 09:50:48 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2015 09:39:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, role, biography, unit associations and place associations

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:12 AAM AAM ingest

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