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TSgt Allen Doyle Brown

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TSgt Allen Doyle Brown Veteran

Birth
Drew County, Arkansas, USA
Death
10 Apr 1944 (aged 22)
Germany
Burial
Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium Add to Map
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Allen D "Bobo" Brown enlisted in the US Army at Little Rock, Arkansas on October 21, 1942.

He was reported missing on his 25th mission flying in the B-17 nicknamed "Heaven Can Wait". The Group had encountered some formation difficulties when the leading planes of the High Squadron were knocked out by flak.

The airplane went down in the English Channel but the wind blew them back to the French coast 5 miles west of Calais, France. Some crew members were lost during or after ditching. The remainder were rescued by the German Air/Sea Rescue Service and made POWs. It was reported that Allen had died instantly from a shell during the attack in the air.

His brother Edward Buford Brown was killed in The Netherlands on September 18, 1944 and is buried near their home in Arkansas.The picture attached is of the B-17 nicknamed "Heaven Can Wait" that Allen Doyle Brown flew in while serving his country during WWII. Allan died after being mortally wounded on his 25th mission approx. April 10, 1944. The plane ditched in the English Channel off the coast of France after being hit; Allen went down with the plane. The surviving crew included the plane's captain, Gaston Fox. Captain Fox along with the other surviving crew were picked up by a German U-boat and taken prisoner. In May 1945, Captain Fox called Allen's parents, who asked their son Robert Gordon Brown to speak; Captain Fox relayed what happened and asked the family to not try to speak with him again. In 2004, Robert Gordon Brown would locate a surviving crew member (Mendelsohn) living in the Philadelphia area. He confirmed to Robert Gordon Brown that Allen died instantly from a shell, and that he died a hero. He also said that Allen was the crew member that prayed for the crew and that they looked to him for prayer. More information about Allen's crew can be found at www.401bg.com. He was in the 401st bomber group, and his crew was stationed at Deenethorpe, England north of London.
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Likely Deenethorpe, England

Picture of Crew in front of of B-17 Nicknamed "Heaven Can Wait"; 21 year old Technical Sargent Allen Doyle Brown was 21 years old and is kneeling in the picture, third person from the right. He served as Engineer on the plane and was instantly killed on April 10th, 1944 during his 25th mission when enemy fire hit the plane. Others in the picture: Back Row: (1) 2nd Lt Gerald Blaise - Co-pilot; (2) 2nd Lt. Leonard J Mendelson - Bombardier; (3) 2nd Lt Gaston M Fox - Pilot; (4) 2nd Lt. Darrel D Wilson - Navigator; Front Row (Left to right): (5) Sgt. Jerome Sabel - Assistant Engineer; (6) Sgt. Duane G. Brant - Radio Operator; (7) Cpl. Charles P. Sierra, Assistant Radio Operator; (8) T. Sgt Allen D Brown, Engineer; (9) T. Sgt. Cecil C Estess - Assistant Armorer; (1) Sgt. Joseph Gallas, Armorer

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bobobrown originally shared this on 29 Dec 2010
Allen D "Bobo" Brown enlisted in the US Army at Little Rock, Arkansas on October 21, 1942.

He was reported missing on his 25th mission flying in the B-17 nicknamed "Heaven Can Wait". The Group had encountered some formation difficulties when the leading planes of the High Squadron were knocked out by flak.

The airplane went down in the English Channel but the wind blew them back to the French coast 5 miles west of Calais, France. Some crew members were lost during or after ditching. The remainder were rescued by the German Air/Sea Rescue Service and made POWs. It was reported that Allen had died instantly from a shell during the attack in the air.

His brother Edward Buford Brown was killed in The Netherlands on September 18, 1944 and is buried near their home in Arkansas.The picture attached is of the B-17 nicknamed "Heaven Can Wait" that Allen Doyle Brown flew in while serving his country during WWII. Allan died after being mortally wounded on his 25th mission approx. April 10, 1944. The plane ditched in the English Channel off the coast of France after being hit; Allen went down with the plane. The surviving crew included the plane's captain, Gaston Fox. Captain Fox along with the other surviving crew were picked up by a German U-boat and taken prisoner. In May 1945, Captain Fox called Allen's parents, who asked their son Robert Gordon Brown to speak; Captain Fox relayed what happened and asked the family to not try to speak with him again. In 2004, Robert Gordon Brown would locate a surviving crew member (Mendelsohn) living in the Philadelphia area. He confirmed to Robert Gordon Brown that Allen died instantly from a shell, and that he died a hero. He also said that Allen was the crew member that prayed for the crew and that they looked to him for prayer. More information about Allen's crew can be found at www.401bg.com. He was in the 401st bomber group, and his crew was stationed at Deenethorpe, England north of London.
bobobrown originally shared this on 27 Dec 2010

Likely Deenethorpe, England

Picture of Crew in front of of B-17 Nicknamed "Heaven Can Wait"; 21 year old Technical Sargent Allen Doyle Brown was 21 years old and is kneeling in the picture, third person from the right. He served as Engineer on the plane and was instantly killed on April 10th, 1944 during his 25th mission when enemy fire hit the plane. Others in the picture: Back Row: (1) 2nd Lt Gerald Blaise - Co-pilot; (2) 2nd Lt. Leonard J Mendelson - Bombardier; (3) 2nd Lt Gaston M Fox - Pilot; (4) 2nd Lt. Darrel D Wilson - Navigator; Front Row (Left to right): (5) Sgt. Jerome Sabel - Assistant Engineer; (6) Sgt. Duane G. Brant - Radio Operator; (7) Cpl. Charles P. Sierra, Assistant Radio Operator; (8) T. Sgt Allen D Brown, Engineer; (9) T. Sgt. Cecil C Estess - Assistant Armorer; (1) Sgt. Joseph Gallas, Armorer

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bobobrown originally shared this on 29 Dec 2010

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from Arkansas.



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  • Maintained by: Andy Swinnen
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: Aug 7, 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56357310/allen_doyle-brown: accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Allen Doyle Brown (13 Apr 1921–10 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56357310, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium; Maintained by Andy Swinnen (contributor 46959477).