669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Claude J. Brown

1st Lt., Pilot

1917 - November 23, 2008

669th and 671st Bombardment Squadron (L)


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Originally flew with 669th but was later transferred to 671st Bomb Squadron 

The following announcement and Guest Book is from the Dayton Daily News:

News Death Notice

BROWN, Claude J. 91, of Xenia, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. Memorial Service, 7 P.M., Tuesday, Nov. 25, St. Brigid Church, Xenia (Neeld, Xenia)



Brownie's passing leaves us with nothing but great memories. It seems like yesterday that the Brown, Buskirk, Hanna and Brewster families were all together living in Curtis Park, outside of Barksdale Field. Fast forward to several years ago, when we visited you and Brownie took us on a tour of the Air Force Museum. It rekindled old friendships once again, a treasured time in my life, thanks to Brownie He will be missed by all, as he was the best.

Love Sandy
       Sandy Brewster (High Falls, NY)
       December 2, 2008

Our condolences go out to all family members of Brownie, especially Dottie. We have known Brownie and Dottie for a while now. We joined the 416th BG family and have enjoyed their company. We will miss him, as all his friends and family will. He was a wonderful man and a real hero to us. Love from Jane and Doug Enman
       Jane & Doug Enman (Florence, SC)
       November 30, 2008

God bless you Brownie. You have touched many lives.Thank you for helping keep my Dad safe all those years.
       Gary Sunderland (New Castle, CO)
       November 30, 2008
    Dottie,Bob,Dee,Chris,and Matt,

I was so sad to hear of Grandpas passing. My prayers are with your family.
       Leanne Halburnt (Ewa Beach, HI)
       November 27, 2008

       November 27, 2008

My sincere condolences. My father was a pilot in the 416th. Capt. Bob Singletary.
       Bart Singletary (Thomasville, GA)
       November 26, 2008

We are sorry to hear of Brownie's passing. He flew w/ my Father in the 669th I beleive and it was always a pleasure to hear the stories at the reunions. Our condolences to his family.
       Don & Nancee Martin (Redwood City, CA)
       November 26, 2008

Puz and I have fond memories of visiting and traveling with Brownie and Dottie. Our prayers for the family .
Bob and Puz Basnett
       Bob Basnett (Fulton, MO)
       November 26, 2008

Brownie, As he was known by his friends will be missed. He like so many from his generation truly symbolize the meaning of a "Great American". The world is a better place because of Claude's contributions.
I am sorry for your loss.
God Bless
       Larry Smith (Gainesville, FL)
       November 26, 2008

Maria and I were saddened to hear of Brownie's passing. We've only known him since 2004 through the 416th Bomb Group reunions but we have treasured his friendship ever since. In 2006, Brownie and Jim Kerns visited our museum in CT to see the aircraft we are restoring and one which Brownie piloted in WWII. We will miss him. Our sincerest condolences to his family.
       Carl & Maria Sgamboti (Simsbury, CT)

Bob, Dee, and Family,
Our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy. A Great Man, Husband and Father. He will be missed.
All our love and prayers, John and Ruth
       Ruth Callahan (Clearwater, FL)

"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band