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Sgt Donald P Brown

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Death 2 Mar 1945
Burial DeWitt, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 77707699 · View Source
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Donald served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-24J (#44-41218), 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

Donald's B-24 was shot down by flak over Acstezar, Hungary. One crew member, S/Sgt. Kenneth C. Rost, was killed aboard the plane by the flak. The remaining crew bailed out and survived the parachuting to ground.

Although Hungary had surrendered to the United Nations in January of 1945, members of a voluntary Hungarian SS Panzer corps, aligned with the German Reich, took captive the American air crew.

The following day, the SS guards executed the eight airmen who had surrendered. Only the Navigator on this bombing mission survived; he had landed in another region and was captured by a different force.

In October, 1945, a grave was found containing the bodies of some of the men. It was found in a wooded area near the village of Sur. They had been stripped of their uniforms and were only clad in underwear.

Six SS officers were put on trial for war crimes.

Four were convicted and sentenced to hang, and two were imprisoned for life for the shooting of the surrendered and unarmed young American fliers.

Donald was one of the Airmen "Executed" by this group during the war. He was awarded a Air medal with two oak leaf clusters and a Purple Heart.

Service # 12080949

( Burial Location & Article found by: Anne Cady )

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Crew members of B-24J (#44-41218):

Ames, Warren F., 2nd Lt, Massachusetts, (Executed)
Bradley, James F., S/Sgt, New York, (Executed)
Brown, Donald P., T/Sgt, Radio Operator, New York, (Executed)
Burnette, Hubert R., S/Sgt, Kentucky, (Executed)
Farrington, William R., 1st Lt, Pilot, Pennsylvania, (Executed)
Hill, Preston J., S/Sgt, Pennsylvania, (Executed)
Knox, John P., 2nd Lt, Massachusetts, (Executed)
Kozekowski, Felix D., T/Sgt, New Jersey, (Executed)
Rost, Kenneth C., S/Sgt, Iowa, (KIA)

The name of the Navigator that survived is currently unknown.

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Syracuse Herald Journal - January 9, 1946

Mr. and Mrs Leon C. Brown, 410 Seeley Rd, have been notified by the War Department that their 22 year old son, T/SGT Donald P. Brown, was killed in action March 2, last year, near Lake Balaton, Hungary.

The young Syracusan, veteran of 42 missions as an aerial radio operator in a Liberator bomber, was listed as missing March 1, when with the rest of his crew, he bailed out of the disabled plane after a bombing mission to Moosblerbaum, Austria.

Besides his parents, Sgt. Brown is survived by a brother, Lt. Robert N. Brown, who has been discharged after two years' service as a pilot in the Eighth Air Force. He was stationed in England with the Air Transport Command.

Sgt Brown was a junior at Syracuse University and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity when he enlisted in the Army Air Forces Reserve. He was called up in February 1943. Before he was graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1940, he attended Charles Andrews and Nottingham schools.

After training at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt, he was assigned to radio school at Scott Field, Ill, and received his wings in May 1944 at Yuma, Ariz. During the war Sgt Brown won the Air medal with two oak leaf clusters and the presidential unit citation.

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 6 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77707699
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Donald P Brown (unknown–2 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77707699, citing Saint Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt, Onondaga County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .