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Harold J Brown


Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 6 then moved on the Bayonnet Run from the train station to Stalag 4 and was alos one the 3 month death march.



Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97498

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK- ] Molesworth 14/1/44; Missing in Action Caen 6/2/44 with Julius Bass, Navigator: Milton Abernathy, Bombardier: Matt Zientor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Died 1 August 2004
Buried Rock Springs, Wyoming


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2384, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces Vol. 2, submission online