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Robert William Brown Jr

Military

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Henry Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: PH.

  • Alvin Dschaak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Cyril Heath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: PH.

  • Florian Laramore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Kiled in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Jack Larsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: PH.

  • Kenneth Runyan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Samuel Schankerman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: PH.

  • Eugene Studer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 376th Bomb Group

  • Eugene Studer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Bob Brown crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 in B-24 42-73428 'Big Nig'; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Joseph Taddonio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions in the Mediterranean theatre, finished tour from UK. Crew member on B-24 42-40232 'Joey Uptown' and 42-73428 'Big Nig'. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-73428 'Big Nig'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. 10 x KIA MACR 1592 ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lavaca County, TX 2 March 1922

Son of Robert W Sr and Theresa Mary [Botard] Brown.

Based 1943 – 20 December 1943

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF.

Died Sofia, Bulgaria 20 December 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. KIA MACR 1592

Buried Florence American Cemetery and Memorial 1948

Re-Interred
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Florence, Italy
Plot: B Row: 7 Grave: 45

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2021 20:33:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56362550/robert-william-brown

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