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Allen Arthur Brill

Military

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur', 91BG/324BS while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was ditched into North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland after repeated fighter attacks. Plane broke in two. 7 crewmembers were picked up by a British minesweeper.

Awards: DSC, AM (2OLC), PH.

DSC Award Citation:

"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Allen Brill (ASN: 0-442336), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, in action while on a bombing mission over enemy occupied continental Europe. The airplane in which Lieutenant Brill was serving was attacked by a force of enemy fighter aircraft and was forced down on the North Sea after a long and gallant fight. In utter disregard for his own safety Lieutenant Brill remained at his post and aided other crew members to leave the airplane; in so doing, he sacrificed his own chance for escape. By his devotion to duty and complete disregard for his personal welfare Lieutenant Brill helped to save the lives of other crew members, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the armed forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (May 22, 1943)"

Service

People

  • Rollin Ball

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
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  • Edwin Barber

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4-Mar-43. Returned to base after being picked up by a British minesweeper. RTD ...

  • James Bechtel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched into North Sea on 4-Mar-43 in B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' after repeated fighter attacks. Losses reports Bechtel survived the ditching after floating in a life raft for 7 hours before a British minesweeper...

  • James Betchel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #4124464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Brubaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew member on B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4-Mar-43. Returned to base (RTD). Failed to Return (FTR) Huls in B-17 42-29998 22-Jun-43; A/C shot down. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15576 ...

  • William Dickson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #41-24464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943. Returned to base. after being picked up by a British minesweeper. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29998. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Allan Lowry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24506 'The Shiftless Skonk' while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft crashed near Watford on returning from a mission. Plane had been attacked by fighters. ...

  • James Morgan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4-Mar-943. The A/C had been repeatedly attacked by fighters and broke in half. Morgan along with pilot Brill and co-pilot Lowry was killed. The other crew members...

  • Donald Wells

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4-Mar-43 after repeated fighter attacks. Returned to base when picked up by British minesweeper after 7 hours in life raft. RTD Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leroy Wolfington

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4-Mar-43. Returned to base. after being picked up by a British minesweeper. RTD Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 41-24464 Excalibur

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-J] Bassingbourn 20-Feb-43; Missing in Action (MIA) 2m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Shot down by Lt Kostler (IV/NJG1) in Me 110, KO’d #1 & #3, oil pouring away before #4 was...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sedalia, MO 22 November 1916

Son of Arthur and Lena Beatrice [Brittendall] Brill.

Enlisted Fort Leavenworth, KS 15 August 1941

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 4 March 1943

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 40 miles W of Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was sshot down by fighters and crashed into the North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA)

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1946

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2022 20:53:38 Al_Skiff Changes to biography
Sources

https://militaryhallofhonor.com/honoree-record.php?id=54916
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288077/allen-arthur-brill

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2022 16:46:32 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952966
https://www.fold3.com/image/619484194
https://www.fold3.com/record/84564292/allen-a-brill-wwii-army-enlistment...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529897036/allen-brill-american-battle-monum...
https://www.fold3.com/record/717721431/brill-allen-defense-powmia-accoun...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288077/allen-arthur-brill

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2021 18:17:57 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/324th1943-2.html

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 20:27:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added decorations and Commemorted event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event, added A/C model letter, unit association and crew position to Summary Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I p.87 by Bishop and Hey

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