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Charles Lester Brown

Military

Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion This was Charles Brown's first combat mission!

Air Force Cross (the only one awarded)

Service

People

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Robert was actually born Gordon, but his older brothers called him Bobby and the name stuck. ...

  • Samuel Blackford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Bertrand Coulombe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Lloyd Jennings

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Spencer Luke

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Richard Pechout

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG...

  • Alex Yelesanko

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3167 Ye Olde Pub

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-Z] Thurleigh 19/4/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 17/6/43; battle damaged over Bremen 20/12/43, with Charlie Brown, Co-pilot: Pinky Luke, Navigator: Al Sadok, Bombardier:...

  • 42-37805 'Carol Dawn'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Gr Island 23/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 2/12/43; to 527BG [FO-B]; retUS Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Weston, West Virginia 24 October 1922
Buried Miami, Florida November 2008

Woodlawn Park Cemetery South

Died Miami, Florida 24 November 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2018 23:21:22 jmoore43 Changes to place associations
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Added connection to airbase location.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2018 01:20:20 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connection to Mission "VIII Bomber Command 159" for 12/20/1943.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2018 22:33:33 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added crew connection using info from the crew photo.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2018 22:17:37 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added connections to crew members.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2018 21:56:34 jmoore43 Changes to middlename, nickname, biography and events
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Aded death & burial info per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 35780371.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:48 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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