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Robert James Brown


Robert Brown, Calcutta, 1944


Recent Address:

9535 S.W. 93rd Loop, Ocala, FL 34481



Family Information:



Chicago, IL

Date Entered Service:

April 6, 1942

Service Number:

16058309, 0-735259

Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Dudkundi, India (August, 1944)

Missions Flown:

35 (8-CBI; 2- Hump; 25-Tinian). Flew 25 Missions out of 28 missions in 85 days.

Hump Missions Flown:

8 (credit for 2 missions)


Anshan (3), Omura, Singapore (3), Saigon, Rangoon, O Shima, Nagoya, Tokyo (2), Yokohama, Osaka (5), Kobe, Kawanishi, Toyohashi, Himeji, Tsu (2), Okayama, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Hachiogi


Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Presidential Unit Citations, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Service Stars, American Theater Campaign Medal, Commendation by Brigadier General, WWII Victory Medal, Air Offensive Japan, Western Pacific Campaign, India-Burma Campaign

Service Schools Attended:

Air Corp Replacement Training Cent., Santa Ana, CA Apr 1942; Army Flying School, Roswell, NM Oct 1942-Jan 1943; AAF Navigation School, Hondo, TX May 1942-Sep 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1035-Bombardier, MOS 1034-Navigator

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:


Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

August 7, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 30, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

CEO, Circle Case Corporation, Chicago, IL (Manufacturing);CEO, Wagtowne Enterprises, Inc., Chicago, IL (Optical/Medical Supply); Horse Breeder -- Saddlebreds and Race Horses

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

China-Burma-India program a fiasco, poorly thought out. Example: using B-29 crews to fly supplies over Hump in C-109 (B-24). B-29 engine + India = trouble. We set an engine record while in India. Four engines worked "50" hours on one B-29. Problems solved later on in Pacific.


After navigation school went to 462nd Bomb Group AAF Victoria, Kansas on 10/7/43. We had two B-29's. Supposedly the 58th had ten B-29's for four groups. Flew twice on one of the two B-29's on 10/20/43 and 10/29/43. At a reunion a pilot from one of the four groups said they did not have a B-29. Transferred to Clovis (472nd) and didn't fly in a B-29 until 6/1/44.

Picked up B-29 AAF Herington, Kansas, July 1944. Put 20 hours on it and left States 7/12/44 and thirty-nine days later arrived in Dudkundi. Three aborts (Natal). One abort the l0-man life raft popped out and hit the vertical stabilizer at about 150 feet and put a hole in it. Flew 3hrs 20minutes to unload gas before landing. Left our B-29 in Accra, West Africa, and picked one up in Khartoum. Following B-29 crashed on takeoff from Natal -- one survivor, the bombardier.


Robert Brown, 2003


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