Richard H Brown

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Name: Richard H Brown

First Name(s): Richard H
Last Name: Brown

Place of birth: Virginia, Alleghany Cnty, Covington

Rank: Capt Pilot
ASN: O-798089
Company: 353rd F Sqdrn
Unit: 354th Fighter Grp 9th USAAF

Reported as: MIA ► KIA
Date of incident: 01-01-1945
Place of incident: Martelange area

note: Capt Richard H Brown took off from base Meurthe-et-Moselle, France, with Republic THUNDERBOLT P-47D-28 RA, #42-29346.
Red Leader Capt Brown was in contact with several ground controllers and was trying to locate a target in support of our troops. Overcast was 2,300 ft at base decreasing to 1,700 feet as the squadron crossed the enemy’s lines. In a circle to the left near a woods, Capt Brown and his wingman 2Lt Harry Lordi were at approximately 1,200 feet. Anti aircraft of 20mm, 40mm, and 88mm opened up with a concentrated umbrella. The fuses were cut from about 800 feet up to 1,500 feet. As they opened fire Lt Lordi was observed crossing under to the inside of Capt Brown. Shortly, Lt Lordi called in and stated clearly but with difficulty that he was hit. Then strikes on Capt Brown’s aircraft followed by billowing smoke. His aircraft did a slow wing over to the left and struck an open field. He did not release his bombs.
Destination: Luzery, Belgium
Mission: Armed Reconnaissance
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Unit History of 354th Fighter Group

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