Grave markers for Pvt Edward B. Brown
in the Eden Baptist Church Cemetery, Milo (Ashley county), Arkansas,
Edward enlisted in the Army at Little
Rock, AR on 10 November 1943. He was shipped to England after
completing basic training and jump school. On 10 August 1944 Pvt
Brown was transferred from the 11th Replacement Depot to Company C,
Pvt Brown went into combat on 17 September
1944 as the 508th jumped into Holland. Unfortunately, he was killed
in action near the Wylerbaan drop zone the following day.
He was initially interred in the Molenhoek
Cemetery in Plot A Row 3, Grave 52. Following the war his family
opted to have Edward's remains sent home and he was laid to rest in
his home state of Arkansas.
Allen D. and Edward B. Brown (1943/44)
Date and location unknown.
Family erected memorial
to sons TSgt Allen Doyle Brown and Pvt Edward Buford Brown in the family
church, Possum Valley (Drew county), Arkansas.
Allen enlisted in the
Army at Little Rock, Arkansas on 21 October 1942.
Allen was a top turret gunner
in a B-17 Flying Fortress (42-31511 dubbed Fool's Luck III) stationed in Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire,
England and was killed on 10 April 1944, his 25th mission.
The aircraft was part of the 1st Air Division,
401st Bombardment Group (Heavy), 612th Squadron, [tail code Triangle-S] based
at Army Air Force
Station 128, located on RAF Deenethorpe Northamptonshire, England.
Piloted by Lt. Gaston M. Fox
Fools Gold III was hit by flak and fell out of formation and went down in the
English Channel 5 miles West of Calais, France. The radio operator, tail
gunner and left waist gunner were also KIA. The remaining 6 crew men
were taken prisoner.
Fool's Gold III
back row: (l-r) [1/Lt?] Gerald Blaise
- 1/Lt Leonard Mendelson - 1/Lt Gaston Fox - 1/Lt Darrell Wilson.
front row: [TSgt?] Jerome Sabel - TSgt Duane Brandt - [TSgt?] Charles Sierra -
TSgt Allen Brown
- SSgt Cecil Estess - SSgt Joseph Gallas.
[bolded names all KIA. others POW]
Brown went down with the aircraft and his name is listed on
the Wall of The Missing in the Ardennes Cemetery, Belgium.
Allen's military awards include
the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple