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Wilbur R Brean


Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in target area and crashed at Stein near Pforzheim, Germany in B-17 #42102475. Killed in Action (KIA).

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  • Eugene Fava

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer, Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Eugene Fava was killed in action on 27 May 1944, on a mission to Karlshuhe, Germany. Shortly after bombs away his aircraft: B-17 42-102475 collided with another and reportedly broke in half. Surviving crew members believe he may have been knocked...

Units served with


  • 42-102475

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX- ] Snetterton 1/5/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Wilbur Brean, Navigator: Bob Egan, Bombardier: Bob Kleinder, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Fancea...


Event Location Date
Born Belleville, New Jersey, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 27 May 1944
Died 27 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:21 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5162 / MACR 5162; Snetterton Falcons, pg 148-149 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database