1Lt Philip W Brawn

1Lt Philip W Brawn

Birth
New York, USA
Death 31 Jul 1944 (aged 23–24)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Philip served as a First Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-24J #42-100262, 321st Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 24, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Accountant and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-100262 took off with a crew of 10, on a bombing mission over Babo Airfield, West Papua Province, Indonesia. Due to weather problems B-24J #42-100262 changed course to the secondary target of Ransiki, Indonesia.

Just after "bombs away" they were hit by ground anti-aircraft fire which disabled the #2 and #3 engines. They tried to make it back to the Kamiri Airfield, Biak Numfor Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia but had to ditch in the sea just off Kamiri. Only 3 of the crew survived the ditching.

Philip was declared "Missing In Action" in this ditching during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-676545

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-100262:

Blecha, Joseph S ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Brawn, Philip W ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
Covich, Howard J ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IL
Hazel, Cecil R ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, TX
Whatley, Clifford E ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, AR
Wills, Clyde O ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, AZ
Younker, Leon R ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, PA

2nd Lt. Jarvais J. Hudson (Co-Pilot), S/Sgt. Daniel F. Hentscher (Gunner), & S/Sgt. Kissell Blakley (Gunner) survived the ditching and were pickup in sea off Kamiri.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56751177
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Philip W Brawn (1920–31 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56751177, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .