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Melvin P Brown


Assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Cologne mission 15-Oct-44; Crashed 1000yds from end of runway near Anstey Church, bomb load exploded on impact. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 15229

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.


Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 603rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102658 Blanco Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Gr Island 12/45/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 30/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 6/12/44 with Howard DeMallie, Chas Olson, Don Holmes, Howard Derp, Lowell Strain, Henry Rutkowski, Loel Bishop (7...

  • 42-97746

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourne 29/6/44 as GH a/c; transferred 602BS/398BG [K8-T] Nuthampstead 29/6/44; 601BS [3O-C]; 603BS [N7-T]; crashed on take off for Cologne 15/10/44 at Anstey, Herts....

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born New York, NY 1924
Enlisted New York City, NY 13 November 1942

New York City, New York

Based Nuthampstead 1944 – 15 October 1944

Assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Vicinity Anstey Church 15 October 1944

Cologne mission 15-Oct-44; Crashed 1000yds from end of runway near Anstey Church, bomb load exploded on impact. KIA MACR 15229

Buried 17 October 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot D Row 5 Grave 34


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16 December 2021 19:36:13 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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09 June 2020 02:30:45 jmoore43 Changes to awards

Added the awards mentioned in the "Summary biography".

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09 January 2019 16:26:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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14 December 2015 12:51:43 Lucyd Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, highest rank, events and unit associations