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LT  John F. BROWN

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV
SERIAL #: O-730223 STATUS: POW
MACR: 00270 CR: 00270

Comments1: 25 JUN 43 BREMEN (EAC) Original 100th, Crew #3

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW (ORIGINAL CADRE)

Crew #3  Aircraft #42 30038 "BAR FLY"
 M.A.C.R. #270

1st Lt Paul J. Schmalenbach    P  KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen
F/O George W. Cox              CP  KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen   *Died in camp.
1st Lt John F. Brown         NAV   POW 25 June 1943 Bremen
2nd Lt Jack L. Clark           BOM   KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen
T/Sgt Eugene M. Beck       TTE   KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen
Pvt Anthony J. Russo         WG   KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen
T/Sgt Frank J. Podbielski    ROG  POW 25 June 1943 Bremen
S/Sgt Norman C. Goodwin   BTG  POW 25 June 1943 Bremen
S/Sgt William C. Lucas         WG  POW 25 June 1943 Bremen
S/Sgt Lewis W. Priegel         TG  KIA 25 June 1943 Bremen


According to a German report this plane was shot down "into the sea 20 km North of Wangerooge" one of the Frisian Islands and Norman Goodwin was recovered fram the sea, taken to a hospital on the island of Norderney where an "amputation of his left thigh" was performed. Goodwin was subsequently returned to the U.S.

John Brown was also picked up frcm the sea and sent to a hospital atSanderbusch.  Both Frank Podbielski and William Lucas were "recovered by Coastguard boat at 10.00 hours and transferred to Dulag Luft, Oberursel on 26 June 1943."

A statement made by Frank Podbielski in which he described the final minutes of his aircraft says, in part, "After 30 minutes of combat action, the top turret guns were silent.  T/Sgt. Beck could have been wounded or killed.  Sgt. Goodwin lay wounded on the floor of radio room, Sgt. Russo lay wounded to the right of the ball turret after administering first aid to Goodwin."

*According to email received by Ed Cox(Lt Cox Nephew), Lt. George "Mutt" Cox survived the Bail out but died later in the POW camp.  Also in this email, Lt Cox's sister states that Lt Cox told her the name of their aircraft was "Bar Fly". (GRAVESTONE SAYS OTHERWISE AND SO DOES CASUALTY REPORT AND MACR…MPF)
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Michael Kreuzer Not sure if the 100th BG page manager/historians have this or not, but this letter contains my grandfather's account of the 25 Jun Bremen mission: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/?diglib/vhp/story/?loc.natlib.afc2001001.09555?/pageturner?ID=pm0001001


 Lt. Col. John F. Brown from 2003. It's about 10 from the bottom of the page.   Paul SCHMALENBACH crew. 25 JUNE,1943 BREMEN
 He's buried in Cypress Hill Memorial Park, photo attached, no grave pic available currently.
Looks like a beautiful cemetery with the cypress trees.
His vitals
JOHN F. BROWN, Lt. Col. WWII, Korea,84
BORN 9 APRIL,1919
DIED 20 MAY 2003

From: "Michael P. Kreuzer" 
Date: June 9, 2012 6:49:39 PM PDT
To: "mpfaley@aol.com" 
Subject: 100 BG website - Report a Death


100 BG Foundation,

i was browsing your page for some family history and wanted to help update your database.  My grandfather, John F Brown (The Barfly) died 30 May 2003 and was laid to rest in Petaluma, CA.

MICHAEL P. KREUZER, Maj, USAF

John F. Brown 
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force
John F. Brown, past president and life member of the Petaluma Host Lions Club, died May 30, 2003 at his Petaluma home. A native of Oakland, he was 84. A member of the Petaluma community for 30 years, Mr. Brown was a graduate of Oakland High School. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the University of the Philippines. As a retired lieutenant colonel with the United States Air Force, Mr. Brown received numerous medals and the Air Force Commendation. During World War II he was a prisoner of war in Poland. After his retirement from the military, Mr. Brown worked for Crocker National Bank in Marin County and later in several Petaluma real estate offices. An avid sports fan, Mr. Brown was an original member of the Petaluma Coffee Cuppers. He was proud of his association with the Woodacre Improvement Club and Little League and Pony League coaching positions in Marin County. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Loise Brown; children Linda Martin and Patti Prichard of Petaluma, and John F. Brown Jr. of Alameda; grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of four. The brother of Winifred Haag of Carmel, Robert Brown of Oakdale and the late William Brown and Doris Neslund, he is also survived by many nephews and nieces. Services have been held, followed by interment at Cypress Hill Memorial Park. The family prefers memorials to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma 94952, or the Lions Vision Fund, c/o Petaluma Host Lions Club, P.O. Box 946, Petaluma 94953.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Bremen DATE: 1943-06-25  
AIRCRAFT: "Bar Fly" (42-30038) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

From left: Jack L. Clark - BOM, Paul J. Schmalenbach - Pilot, Eugene M. Beck - TTE, George W. Cox - CP and John F. "Jack" Brown - NAV     Detailed Information    (100th Photo Archives)

L to R - Lt Jack L. Clark (Bombardier); Lt Paul Schmalenbach 
(Pilot/Aircraft Commander); "Vic" Lt Victor Reed (Pilot/AC for 
#42-30090 -- "El P'sstofo"); Lt John F. Brown (Navigator

 

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Crew 1

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