James William Browning

Military ROLL OF HONOUR
media-21808.jpeg UPL 21808 Capt. Jim Browning in the cockpit of his P-51

Object Number - UPL 21808 - Capt. Jim Browning in the cockpit of his P-51

Jim Browning joined the Army Air Corps in Feb-42 and was given his wings on August 17, 1943. He joined the 363rd Fighter Squadron while it was still training in Nevada. He was assigned to Capt. ‘Bud’ Anderson’s flight and stayed with it during training and combat. Later Browning became a flight leader himself and shot down 7 enemy planes [5 x Me109, 0.5 x Fw190*, 1.5 x Me410].

Jim named his first P-51 ‘Gentleman Jim’ which befitted his character very well. He was a fun loving guy with a bit of devilishness about him. He was very determined which helped him gain excellent flying skills. Bud Anderson, speaking of Jim, said, “He could always be depended upon to be there when you needed him. We were great friends.”

After Browning’s first tour ended in August 1944 he went home for a short while and then returned to the 357th in November for a second tour. Sadly on February 9, 1945, Jim Browning was reported Missing in Action after he failed to return after an escort mission. Apparently after being bounced by Me-262 jet fighters Browning was involved in a mid air collision and his plane crashed with him in it.

Browning is labelled as one of the heroes of the 357th Fighter Group.



* His Fw190 shared claim, a demonstration of his 'Gentleman credentials' when he allowed the pilot to bale out of the stricken A/C.

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Units served with

People

Captain Clarence E. Jr. "Bud" Anderson, ace of the 357th Fighter Group, sits on the wing of his P-51 Mustang (B6-S, serial number 43-12315) nicknamed "Old Crow". Image signed on reverse by Anderson. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Major C E Anderson ace 357 FG. A/c name 'Old Crow'.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron Headquarters (357th Fighter Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-730324
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Reluctant Rebel Gentleman Jim
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Gentleman Jim Marjie's Man
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Junior Miss
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron

Places

Aerial photograph of Leiston airfield looking south, the control tower and technical site are to the right, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/929. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Theberton/Saxmundham

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 26769
  • Description: Roll of Honour produced by the Friends of Leiston Airfield to commemorate the pilots lost flying from that airfield.

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

21 October 1917

Enlisted

31 March 1942 Fort Riley KS, USA

Other

Crashed

13 February 1943 Baled Out due to Mid Air Collision 15 Miles West Ajo, AZ Cat 5 damage 2Lt James W Browning, 13-Feb-43. AT-6B 41-17238 - 944 SEFTS

Based

18 March 1943 - 28 August 1944 Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

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Wings and commissioned

17 August 1943 Received wings on 17-Aug-43. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Other

Crashed

25 August 1943 Landing Accident Oroville, CA Cat 3 damage Lt James W Browning, 25-Aug-43. P-39D 41-28327 - 363FS 357FG

Other

Crashed

5 February 1944 Landing Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage 1Lt James W Browning, 5-Feb-44. P-51B 43-6566 - 363FS 357FG 373 8AF

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E/A Destroyed

24 April 1944 E/A destroyed Germany. 24-Apr-44.

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Promotion

7 May 1944 Promoted to Captain.

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E/A Destroyed

27 May 1944 Me-109 destroyed Strasbourg. 27-May-44.

Other

E/A Destroyed

30 May 1944 E/A destroyed Germany. 30-May-44.

Other

E/A Destroyed [2]

29 June 1944 Two E/A destroyed Germany. 29-Jun-44.

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End Tour Duty (ETD)

28 August 1944 Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

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E/A Destroyed

5 December 1944 Me-109 destroyed, 25 miles north of Brandenburg. 5-Dec-45.

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E/A Destroyed [3]

14 January 1945 3 x Me-109 claimed destroyed, 1 x Me109 claimed damaged. North of Berlin. 14-Jan-45.

Died

Killed in action

9 February 1945 Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Bohlen. Mid air collision with Me-262 crashed 20 km SW Limburg, Germany KIA. MACR 12172.

Buried/ Commemorated

Tablets of the missing Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Based

9 February 1945 Returned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Promotion

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Revisions

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Capitalized the Words in the "Role/job" field to aid readability.

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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12172 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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