Virgil Louis Brave

Military

Assigned to the 34th Bomb Group on 1 April 1944 in Blythe California.



Completed 33 missions as part of Leon Salverson's crew from 25 May 1944 to 16 August 1944, including 2 missions on 6 June 1944 (D-Day)



Brave was considerably older than the rest of his flight crew.

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Units served with

A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8309) nicknamed "Ol' Buddy" of the 18th Bomb Squadron, 34th Bomb Group at Mendelsham. Pete Gray was the aircraft's crew chief. Handwritten caption on reverse: '18th B.S. 34th BG. Pete Gray C/C.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 34th Bomb Group
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 391st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Ramblin Reck
  • Unit: 486th Bomb Group 834th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Picadilly Lucy
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 863rd Bomb Squadron
The nose art of a B-24 Liberator nicknamed" Crow's Nest" of the 34th Bomb Group. Handwritten on reverse: '34 BG'.
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Crow's Nest
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 391st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Skotty
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Patches
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 13 August 1944
  • Date: 11 August 1944
  • Date: 10 August 1944

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Wood River, Illinois 12 December 1909

Enlisted

Jefferson Barracks, Missouri 10 November 1942

Died

Bethalto, Illinois 26 September 1998

Buried/ Commemorated

Rose Lawn Memory Gardens, Bethalto, Illinois
Bethalto, Illinois

Based

Mendlesham

Revisions

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Sources

Information provided by Bridget Brave, Granddaughter

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