Sidney Eugene Brown

Military

Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x combat mission.
Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-24 42-110107 "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'm" 24-Aug-44; Bailed out of A/C, captured and held overnight at Munster A/D. Marched through Russelsheim after rail journey curtailed by bomb damaged rails. Beaten unconscious by civilians and left for dead on farmers cart in cemetery, escaped, along with Sgt William A Adams, during air raid and re-arrested 4 days later. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8296

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 854th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 338833051
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier / Nose Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 854th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6980369 / O-820907
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Wham Bam Thank You Mam
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 854th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 24 August 1944

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow, Pomerania

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Gainesville, Florida 1924-10-24 Son of Annie L Brown.

Died

Windsor, FL 2009-04-10

Buried

Windsor Methodist Cemetery Windsor, Alachua County, FL 2009-04-14 Windsor Methodist Cemetery Windsor, Alachua County, Florida

Based

North Pickenham 1944-08-24 Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Baled out

40 miles Nth Hanover 1944-08-24 Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-24 42-110107 "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'm" 24-Aug-44; Baled out of A/C, captured and held overnight at Munster A/D. MACR 8296

Other

Beaten by civilians

Russelsheim, Germany 1944-08-26 Dispatched by rail for Oberusel, due to a bombed out rail line, marched on foot through Russelsheim, beaten unconscious by civilian mob 26-Aug-44.

Other

Evaded (EVD)

1944-08-26 - 1944-08-30 Escaped from cemetery during air raid. Evaded capture (EVD). Arrested four days later.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Tychowo, Poland Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Revisions

Date5 Apr 2020 01:57:35
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:09
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8296 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database