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Virgil Louis Brave


Assigned to the 34th Bomb Group on 1 April 1944 in Blythe California.

Completed 33 missions as part of Leon Salverson's crew from 25 May 1944 to 16 August 1944, including 2 missions on 6 June 1944 (D-Day)

Brave was considerably older than the rest of his flight crew.



Units served with

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 18th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-40323 Sunshine Rose

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40320 Generator Jenny

    B-24 Liberator
    Operation Home Run #62

  • 41-29500 Ramblin' Reck

    B-24 Liberator
    Later to 445th Bomb Group, 702nd Bomb Sqdn, damaged in taxiing accident 29 December 1944; crashed in Belgium 26 February 1945

  • 41-29518 Picadilly Lucy

    B-24 Liberator
    Original overseas complement of 34th BG, 1944 Project Number 92537.

  • 42-94766 Crow's Nest

    B-24 Liberator
    A 34th BG original which completed 54 missions.

  • 42-94908 Tiger Rag

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 7BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred by BAD 2 on 5-Dec-44 to MTO where it was assigned to 725BS, 451BG, 15AF USAAF (#40). Salvaged after crash-landing 9-Mar-45 at Castelluccio, pilot Lt Robert L Worsthorn.

  • 42-94813 'Skotty'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 18BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Named 'Skotty' after the loss of B-24 41-29572 'Scotty' by Lt Brain crew. 35 x combat missions. Transferred to RAF.

  • 42-94889 Patches

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew missions with the 34th Bomb Group from 24 May 1944- 14 August 1944 Transferred to 93rd Bomb Group as crashed in landing accident at Warton with Guy Webb on 11 January 1945


  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 389

    4 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

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Event Location Date
Born Wood River, Illinois 12 December 1909
Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, Missouri 10 November 1942
Based Mendlesham April 1944 – September 1944
Died Bethalto, Illinois 26 September 1998
Lived in Bethalto, Illinois
Buried Rose Lawn Memory Gardens, Bethalto, Illinois


Date Contributor Update
20 January 2020 14:40:10 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Information provided by Bridget Brave, Granddaughter

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