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SSgt Gale F Brown
Birth: 1922
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 1944
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

Sept 2 1994 Dedication in France.

We place this plaque here today to honor
and keep alive the memory of 6 American
crewmen of a B26 Marauder of the 9th Air
Force 391st Bomb Group 573rd squadron
who died on a combat mission to Pas de
Calais on March 19-1944. Our brothers
gave their lives during the European
conflict so that we might be free. They
came to rest here in Palfart, France and
were interred in the churchyard of Eglise
de I'Immaculee Conception.

In Memory Of:

1st Lt Frank Bernzen Jr., Pilote, Boulder,
2nd Lt John D. Hill, Co-Pilote, Houston,
2nd Lt Thomas R. Dragonetti, Bombardier-
Navigator, Brooklyn,NY
Tech Sgt Thaddeus H. Grace, Radio-Gunner,
Montgomery, Alabama
Staff Sgt Gale F. Brown, Engineer,
Warrenton, Missouri
Staff Sgt John F. La Plante, Tail Gunner,
S. Woodstock, VT

Report: Hit by flak on turn off from
target on first run. Fell away with badly
smoking engine and fabric on left
stabilizer almost all shot away. Pilot got
plane back into formation for a second run
on the target. On second run, it was again
hit by flak and tail blown off and went
down with a full bomb load. No survivors.
John D. Hill - Memorial # 55877544
Thomas R. Dragonetti-Memorial # 82648671
Thaddeus H. Grace - Memorial # 56645025
Frank Bernzen Jr. - Memorial #56642327
John F. LaPlante - Memorial # 56646674
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  James Franklin Brown (1896 - 1957)
  Goldie Pearl Hoech Brown (1898 - 1993)
Note: Entered the service from Illinois.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France
Plot: Plot D Row 16 Grave 34
Maintained by: BJSK
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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Tenderly bury the fair young dead, pausing to drop on his grave a tear, Carve on the wooden slab at his head, "Somebody's darling lies buried here."
 Added: Jun. 27, 2015

- Judy Curnell
 Added: Feb. 28, 2015
Went the day well? We died and never knew. But, well or ill, Freedom, we died for you.
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014
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