1LT Gifford George “Giff” Brown
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1LT Gifford George “Giff” Brown

Birth
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Death 17 Jan 1944 (aged 22)
At Sea
Cenotaph Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 161609920 · View Source
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1st Lieutenant Gifford "Giff" Brown was a skilled fighter pilot who enlisted in the Air Force shortly after Pearl Harbor. He was flying the Lockheed P-38 Lightning when on Jan 17, 1944, he was shot down over Blance Bay in Rabaul Harbour in the Papua New Guinea province of East New Britain.

On that day, he was providing bomber escort support for a mission designed to take out several large Japanese "merchant" supply ships. The bombers successfully completed their mission, sinking all ships, but Giff and several other pilots lost their lives on the return flight to base. Giff's plane and remains were never found. His name is listed at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines. His name is also listed among 6,000 other Washington soldiers KIA during the war at the Washington State WWII Memorial in Olympia, WA.


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1LT, 339 AAF FTR SQ, 347 FTR GP WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details -MY BELOVED BROTHER- LT GIFFORD BROWN AAF d JAN '44 SO PACIFIC- Body lost at sea: Shot down over South Pacific Ocean

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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 24 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161609920
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Gifford George “Giff” Brown (6 Aug 1921–17 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161609920, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .