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2LT Robert E Brown

2LT Robert E Brown

New York, USA
Death 27 Mar 1944 (aged 22)
Breckland Borough, Norfolk, England
Burial Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 77708342 · View Source
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Robert served as a Second Lieutenant & Navigator on B-24H #41-29364, 784th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on January 8, 1943 at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

He was married sometime after his enlistment.

B-24H #41-29364 took off from England on a bombing mission over Biarritz airfield, France. Soon after takeoff they collided with B-24H #42-52562 also of the 466th Bomber Group and crashed near East Dereham, Norfolk, England during the war. The entire crews of both B-24's were killed in this collision.

Robert was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # O-691714

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Airmen who perished on B-24H #41-29364:

Brown, Robert E ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Carney, Hall G ~ FO, Bombardier, KY
Delhagen, Frederick E ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NJ
Elliott, Charles R ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, TX
Haire, Jack C ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, UT
Mogford, Robert J ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI
Morgan, Henry R ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, MI
Stevens, Edward E ~ Sgt, Btm Turret Gunner, AL
Sundquist, Gordon O ~ Sgt, Nose Gunner, IL
Wiard, John D ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CA

Photo's of this crash are available on other websites.

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For airmen who perished on
B-24H #42-52562 see:

Sanderson, Frank R ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA

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( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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The below article is in "error" as to where the crash occurred.

Syracuse Herald Journal - April 14, 1944

Lt. Robert E. Brown, navigator on a Flying Fortress, was killed in action March 27 during a mission over enemy-occupied France, according to a War Department telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Mary Joan Moran Brown, 169 Harding Place.

Lt. Brown as assigned to overseas duty on Feb 1 and had been stationed in England. In service since January 1943 he had received the last phase of this training at Alamorgda, NM.

A graduate of Onondaga Valley Academy he was employed by the Syracuse Trust Company before entering service.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Brown; two brothers, two sisters, and his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Brown.

( Burial Location & Article found by: Anne Cady )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 6 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77708342
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Robert E Brown (1 Mar 1922–27 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77708342, citing Saint Agnes Cemetery, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .