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#1 tarbridge

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 04:50 PM

A new group I was lucky enough to find.Major Quince L Brown, Jr...a man of his time...a celebrated pilot who became a Ace.Here is a little of his story. .."If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep ".

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He is credited with 12.5 and some places 14.5 kills.



Quince Lucien Brown ,Major
Birth
December 7, 1917
Oklahoma
Death
September 6, 1944
Schleiden, Duren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Time In Service
From: September 11, 1940
To: September 6, 1944

US Army Air Corps

8th Army Air Corps, 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group
Specialty
Air Force P-47D Fighter Bombers Ace Pilot
Current Status
Captured and killed in action.
Service Record
War
WWII, European Theatre Operations
Battle(s)
Germany
Honors & Awards
Award(s)
Flying Cross with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters.
2 Silver Stars.
French Croix de Guerre with palm.
Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters.
European Liberation & European Theatre of Operations Ribbons.


Family stories have it that Quince's pet dog, seen in the picture, after his death, was sent back to Quince's parents where it spent the rest of its days. "Okie" was the name of two P-47 fighter/bombers piloted by Major Quince L. Brown of the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, during WWII. Brown was one of the 8th Army Air Force's first aces and credited with 14.33 victories. His first P-47D was noted for its distinctive artwork. He was killed during his second combat tour. Brown's hometown was Bristow, Oklahoma, and he was inducted in to the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame in 1994.rps20160122_192542.jpg
Quince Lucien Brown ,Major
Here is a version of his death...

78th FG 84th FS. Major Brown was the first American pilot to strafe a Nazi ground target in WW2.His record is 13 in the air and one on the ground. The ace pilot went down on 6th September 1944.

Eye witness report from 1st Lt Richard L Baron states, Maj Brown sighted Vogelsand Airfield. He called and said he was going to go over it and investigate. He made a steep turn and we (the flight) ended up in string formation. He went over first and I saw tracers going at him, so I hit low for the deck. I looked up and saw several strikes on his plane. He pulled up sharply as we got across and I pulled alongside. I saw his plane shake and the canopy come off. He then bailed out at about 1,200 feet. His parachute opened and I saw him land in a field. He then ran and lay down in some tall grass. I circled once and made sure no one was after him, and then left. I came back later and both the parachute and Maj Brown were gone.

The report of burial (the body was re-interred in a military cemetery) received by the group states that the pilot died of gunshot wounds in the head and neck, and that he had been interred by German civilians. It continued: It is believed that the remains were looted of personal effects prior to burial.

Another...posted on Facebook by the Duxford Eagles page...


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#2 tarheeltim

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 04:58 PM

Very nice Robert!



#3 BagmanL6

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 05:01 PM

Wonderful group.



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 05:11 PM

Robert this is crazy!  Possibly 14 kills.  Wow what a hero.  RIP Major.



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 05:19 PM

Very nice group Robert thanks for posting

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#6 tarbridge

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 05:21 PM

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 05:23 PM

Awesome group Robert. Thanks for sharing.

#8 katieony

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 06:08 PM

Another outstanding group - congratulations!

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#9 268th C.A.

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 06:15 PM

Just Amazing! Congratulations Robert! Just Amazing!



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 07:42 PM

That's a great group of medals to a double ace! What a sad end for a true hero.
Thanks for sharing!

JD

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 12:25 AM

Awesome group. What with the French Croix de guerre? It is mentioned that it was issued with a palm, but the shown medal has a star on the ribbon, which is a lower level issued CdG. It all depends on the base material of the star (gold, silver, bronze ).

Regards
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#12 History Man

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 01:36 AM

Amazing group Robert, thank you for posting👍

#13 scottplen

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 03:52 AM

Super group to a brave airman !

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 03:59 AM

Another great group you obtain Robert. Thanks for Sharing.

 

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:49 AM

That's a great grouping to a Duxford Eagle!

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 05:12 AM

Awesome group. Great history preserved!!

Thanks Robert,

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#17 tarbridge

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 08:27 AM

Awesome group. What with the French Croix de guerre? It is mentioned that it was issued with a palm, but the shown medal has a star on the ribbon, which is a lower level issued CdG. It all depends on the base material of the star (gold, silver, bronze ).

Regards
Herman

It looks tarnished. ..my guess is silver...

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 08:37 AM

What a tragic ending for this soldier and loss for his parents. To have survived parachuting from his plane then killed later is tragic. Hopefully they got some comfort in the fact that his dog made it home to stay with them.

 

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:15 PM

Out of curiosity, is there any original paperwork or accompanying items with the medals.

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:17 PM

Out of curiosity, is there any original paperwork or accompanying items with the medals.

Only what you see...

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:20 PM

Thanks for the response Robert!

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 05:08 PM

Thanks for posting.Tragic indeed.

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 05:17 PM

This flyer was a real hot shot! May he Rest in Peace!



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 05:25 PM

Well that group would sure look nice with the 26th Cav DSC from you! Super!



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 07:04 PM

Great group to a great aviator.  R.I.P. Major Brown




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