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James William Browning

Military

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.

Service

People

  • Clarence Anderson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 357th Fighter Group
    Clarence "Bud" Anderson enlisted shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He earned his pilots wing in September 1942 and joined the 357th Fighter Group a year later. In late 1943, Anderson and the 357th arrived in Europe, where they quickly...

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Units served with

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 363rd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-6563

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Jun-44. Pilot Lt John K Childs Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5622.

  • 44-13712 'Reluctant Rebel' 'Gentleman Jim'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Aug-44. Pilot Lt Edward K Simpson Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7778.

  • 44-15630 'Junior Miss'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Bohlen. Witnesses in Woersdorf saw Browning’s P-51D converge on the Me-262 jet of Oberstleutnant Freiherr Von Riedsel, then collide with it. Both burst into flames and spun...

  • 43-6566

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-14937 'Gentleman Jim' 'Marjie's Man'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt James W Browning. Re-assigned to Lt William J Currie. Re-assigned to Lt Clifford W Miller.

  • 44-72937 'Gentleman Jim'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Picture: - http://www.piccianiaircraftphotos.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/44-72937.45232244_large.JPG

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Syracuse, KS, USA 21 October 1917
Enlisted Fort Riley, KS 66442, USA 31 March 1942

Fort Riley
KS, USA

Crashed Ajo, AZ 85321, USA 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 Leiston 18 March 1943 – 28 August 1944

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Wings and commissioned Tonopah, NV 89049, USA 17 August 1943

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

Crashed Oroville, CA, USA 25 August 1943

Landing Accident Oroville, CA Cat 3 damage Lt James W Browning, 25-Aug-43.

P-39D 41-28327 - 363FS 357FG

Promotion Leiston IP16, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 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

E/A Destroyed Germany 24 April 1944

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

Promotion Leiston IP16, UK 7 May 1944

Promoted to Captain.

E/A Destroyed Strasbourg, France 27 May 1944

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

E/A Destroyed Germany 30 May 1944

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

E/A Destroyed [2] Germany 29 June 1944

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

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK 28 August 1944

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Based Leiston November 1944 – 9 February 1945

Returned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Brandenburg, Germany 5 December 1944

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

E/A Destroyed [3] North of Berlin, Germany 14 January 1945

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

Died 20 km SW Limburg, Germany 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 1946

Tablets of the missing
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2017 10:38:38 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84604688_james_w%20browning/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/637305470_james_william%20browning/details/
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Browning&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Browning%2C+James...
https://obscureco.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/this-day-in-1945-the-luftwaff...
https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd...
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_357.php
Mustang Aces of the 357th Fighter Group By Chris Bucholtz
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/357-browning-2...
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/357-browning-1...
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/357-browning-5...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56060574

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2017 10:35:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84604688_james_w%20browning/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/637305470_james_william%20browning/details/
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Browning&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Browning%2C+James...
https://obscureco.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/this-day-in-1945-the-luftwaff...
https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd...
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_357.php
Mustang Aces of the 357th Fighter Group By Chris Bucholtz
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/357-browning-2...
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/357-browning-1...
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/357-browning-5...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56060574

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2017 15:43:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number and events
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2016 18:29:52 WD-C Mustang Changes to awards
Sources

http://www.cebudanderson.com/browning.htm

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2016 18:27:54 WD-C Mustang Changes to biography
Sources

http://www.cebudanderson.com/browning.htm

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2016 18:41:13 WD-C Mustang Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.cebudanderson.com/jimbrowning.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:57 AAM AAM ingest
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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