668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Daniel Miller Brown

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  35514148

Killed In Action - Dec 25, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 14-Sep-1920, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Entered Military Service: Date: 30-Sep-1942 At: Cleveland, OH From: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 35514148

Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, Plot: sec 10 lot 430 gr 4 (End to End with Russell Brown in 10-429-1)

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

Sgt Daniel M Brown


Daniel M. Brown was born in 1920,in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the son,and only child of Alice M. andCarl R. Brown. He was raised inLakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio,and graduated from Lakewood HighSchool in 1938. He attended HiramCollege for three years beforeentering the service on 30September 1942.

He was trained as an aerialgunner, and was assigned to the9th Air Force; 416th Bomb Group(Light); 668th Bomb Squadron;on board A-20 Havoc Light BomberAircraft.

Staff Sergeant Daniel M. Brownwas Killed In Action onChristmas Day of 1944.

Christmas Day, 25 December 19449th Air Force;416th Bomb Group (Light);668th Bomb SquadronA/C: A20-J15 Havoc;Serial #: 43-21717;MACR #: 11668;On a Bombing Mission on the AhutteRailhead at Losheim, Germany,Airplane hit by enemy anti-aircraftfire (FLAK); Airplane was seenspinning straight down to the groundwith the left wing shot off; oneparachute seen. Plane crashed beforereaching the target, near Losheim,Germany. All 4 crew members wereKilled In Action.

Pilot: Capt. Richard B. Prentiss ~O-789200~Burlington, Chittenden County, VT

Bomb/Nav: 1Lt. Francis H. Bursiel ~O-749718~Whitman, Essex County, MA

Armorer-Gunner: SSgt. Daniel M. Brown ~35514148~Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, OH

Armorer-Gunner: Sgt. Alvin O. Wylie ~13170122~New Kensington, Westmoreland County, PA

Extracted from Find A Grave.com

SSgt Daniel M. Brown was flying as turret gunner with Captain Prentiss (P) and Lt. Burseil (BN) in the lead ship of Box I on Christmas Day, 1944. The target was Hillsheim, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Sergeant Brown had recently written home that he had been named gunner's chief of the 668th. This was his 50th and would have been his last mission. The flight took heavy flak with all three of the lead planes going down without survivors. Sergeant Brown was a graduate of the high school class of 1938 at Lakewood, Ohio.

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

The formation leader's plane was hit by flak between the I.P. and the target. It lost the left wing and went spinning to the earth, crashing near the town of Resheim. One chute was seen. The crew consisted of Captain R.B. Prentiss, Lt F.H. Bursiel, Staff Sergeant D.M. Brown, and Sergeant A.O. Wylie. ... Both crews are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 11668 and Mission # 177

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Wednesday, March 14, 1945, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), Page 3
Tuesday, January 23, 1945, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), Page 7
Tuesday, April 19, 1949, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), Page 22
Headstone Application
Headstone Application
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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