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Joseph A Brown


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Group bombardier. ETD.
Most proud of the 'Grand Slam' Award. Led 3 x raids on Schweinfurt. First Group Bombardier for the 379th. Very proud to have served with Gen. Preston and Gen Lyle. Very proud that his wife Doris E. Brown, was a 'Rosie the Riverter' back in the U. S.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (7OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME ( 4 x battle stars).


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29934

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/3/43; Cheyenne 17/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Selfridge 27/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Don Murray, Co-pilot: Bob McGraw, Navigator:...

  • 42-30237 'Stump Jumper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station]...

  • 42-31394 Aphrodite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/1/44; transferred AFSC with Azon/Aphrodite (388BG) Knettishall 7/6/44; Missing in Action v-sites Watten, Fr; 6/8/44 with Lt J. Sollars & T/Sgt H. Graves (2 Returned to Duty); lost...

  • 42-31597 Landa

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/11/43; Salt Lake 28/11/43; Cheyenne 17/12/43; Kearney 20/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Prestwick 15/1/43; Assigned 527/BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 30/1/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with John Conroy...

  • 42-38082

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 29/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Lytle Shumake, Co-pilot: George Smith, Navigator: Regis Savage, Bombardier:...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born South Wilmington, Illionis 24 November 1916
Based May 1943 – August 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Lived in Toledo, OH 1944
Usher Trrenton, NJ June 1944

Usher at the marriage of Andrew K Dutch III and Elizabeth Earle Herbert.

Died Woodbridge, VA 14 September 2006
Buried Mount Vernon Memorial Park, Fair Oaks, CA 19 September 2006

Mount Vernon Memorial Park
Fair Oaks,
Sacramento County, CA


Date Contributor Update
30 July 2019 12:55:04 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000/ Carol Stilley, daughter