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Marvin R Brayn




  • Theodore Aylesworth

    Military | Colonel | Pilot - Deputy Grp Commander - Group Commander | 416th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Conte

    Military | Captain | Bombardier/Navigator | 416th Bomb Group

  • William Donahue

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • Frank Harrold

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group

  • David Hulse

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group

  • Ernest Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group

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  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...


Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York 16 April 1924
Enlisted Newark, New Jersey 11 December 1942
First 416th BG Combat Mission Bernay, France 4 March 1944
Final 416th BG Combat Mission La Ferte Mace, France 12 August 1944

WIA in his 55th mission

Wounded in Action/Purple Heart/Soldier's Medal 3 miles East of Wethersfield Airfield, UK 12 August 1944

Returning from the attack, the plane piloted by Lt Sparling ran out of gas approaching the home base, and in attempting a crash landing, the tail of the fuselage was broken in two, throwing the two gunners, S/Sgt Brayn and Sgt Shaw, from the plane, seriously injuring both. Shock and compound fractures hospitalized both crewmen, resulting in transfer to a Detachment of Patients for eventual transfer back to the United States. S/Sgt Brayn received the Soldier's Medal for his efforts in removing Sgt Shaw to safety, though painfully injured himself.

Died Valley Streem, New York 17 October 1981
Buried West Babylon, New York 20 October 1981

New Montefiore Cemetery
West Babylon, Suffolk County, New York, USA


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