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Brown A Bralley

Military

He flew on W. G. Rozzell's crew. Flew on B-17 'Rosie's Sweat Box'. Completed 31 missions from 30 May 1944 to 09 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 "Down N' Go" #42-102394. He was shot down on Lt. Parker Finney crew.
I believe he parachuted and was a POW and not KIA on Aug 8 1944.

POW

Service

People

  • Parker Finney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 24-Aug-44 in B-17 Down N' Go. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8202 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Woodville Rozzell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Rosie's Sweat Box B-17 42-97872. He completed 33 missions from 30 May 1944 to 09 August 1944. DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ American Theater Medal

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102394 Down N' Go

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 15/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-C] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with Parker Finney, Co-pilot: Virgil Price, Navigator: Dale Scott, tog-Brown Bralley, Waist gunner: Burton...

  • 42-97872 Rosie's Sweat Box

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 22/3/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Dow Fd 25/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-A] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; crashed on take off Dutch flak inst. 17/9/44 with Francis Cooke, Co-pilot: Paul Clark, Navigator: Chas Werner, Bombardier: Frank Jorgensen, Flight...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force

    24 August 1944
    Down N Go participated in mission number 132 which was a bombing mission over Weimar.

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Akron, Ohio, USA
POW Germany 24 August 1944

Shot down on Aug 24th 1944. Listed as the Nose Gunner on mission number 132.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 06:01:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 05:58:51 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C #42-97872 “Rosie's Sweat Box” listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:38:23 cfinney Changes to role
Sources

From 401st site and picture of the crew, he is identified as the "togglier". The togglier was responsible for arming and dropping the bombs in lieu of a bombardier. As the war progressed, the bombing formations would drop when the lead aircraft dropped, and the need for skilled bombardiers decreased. Dropping bombs involved flipping (or toggling) the switch(es) that result in activating the bomb release mechanisms. This is the origin of the title "togglier", a combination of toggle and bombardier. The lead aircraft crew would include a skilled "group" bombardier, and many of the other crews would utilize toggliers.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 05:39:00 cfinney Changes to biography and events
Sources

From my father's (Parker Finney) records and from a document called the "Deenethorpe Diary" by Vic Maslen.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8202 / MACR 8202,

href="http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2370">http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2370>, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2370 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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