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(courtesy of "kaeds")

(courtesy of Chris Brown)

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, 508th PIR

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.

[l-r] 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]

TSgt 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 Heart.

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