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Robert D Brown


Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Claimed 3rd aerial victory on bomber escort to Ludwigshafen, victims debris damaged A/C P -51B 43-6556 which crashed at Lütisburg on 27-May-44. Baled out, suffering broken leg from collision with tailplane and landed in trees canopy, rescued by Swiss authorities and hospitalised / interned till wars end. MACR 5107.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter 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...

  • 362nd Fighter Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1



  • 42-106438

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 19-Jul-44 on bomber escort to Munich, suffered glycol leak, aborted and forced landed at Ems, Switzerland pilot Lt Curtis Simpson Interned. A/C was subsequently dismantled by Swiss air force mechanics and...

Associated Place

  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Lived in Chicago, IL, USA 1941
Promotion Leiston IP16, UK 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant

Based Leiston 18 March 1943 – 7 May 1945

Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed San Mateo Bridge, Foster City, CA 94404, USA 5 September 1943

Baled Out due to Stall/Spin 1 x Mile Sth San Mateo Bridge Cat 5 damage Lt Robert D Brown, 5-Sep-43.

P-39Q 42-20745 - 362FS 357FG

Promotion Leiston IP16, UK 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 25 April 1944

Taxiing Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage Lt Robert D Brown, 25-Apr-44.

P-51B 43-7143 - 362FS 357FG 8AF

Interned (INT) Switzerland 27 May 1944 – March 1945

Interned (INT) in Switzerland till wars end.

Shot down / baled out Lütisburg, Switzerland 27 May 1944
Returned to Unit (RTU) Burtonwood, UK March 1945

Flew interned P-51D back to BAD 1, Burtonwood, England.

End of War (EOW) Europe 7 May 1945

End of War (EOW).


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 20:53:40 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations

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12 July 2017 20:47:18 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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12 July 2017 20:31:57 Swiss Mustangs Changes to biography

Swiss Mustangs

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12 July 2017 20:28:41 Swiss Mustangs Changes to highest rank, biography and events

Archives of Swiss Mustangs

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27 September 2014 18:23:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5107 / MACR 51097 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list