New England Air Museum
Clarence A. Brown


Clarence Brown at Ft. Custer, Jan. 10, 1942


Recent Address:




Family Information:



Niles, MI

Date Entered Service:

December 26, 1941

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

China (1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:

1 round trip




India-Burma Air Offensive, China Central Burma Air Combat, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanic--Chanute Field, Rantoul, IL May 1942; Boeing Flying Fortress B-17F Aug 1942; Boeing Superfortress B-29 Jul 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:


Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 13, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Carpenter and contracting work.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I met some good guys and some bad guys but is not that what life is all about. I learned a good deal about my trade from what I learned in the service, although I had a mechanical background before I entered the service.


After finishing B29 school at Boeing in Seattle I was detached from a unit in Arizona or New Mexico and sent to Marietta, Georgia. Attached to the 58th Bomb Wing and assigned to A4 under Col. Gavin (one of the finest officers I ever served under). Col. Gavin eventually left and a Major Shanks took command. The Wing left Marietta to go to Salina, Kansas and several men, an officer and I where left behind to modify engines. The officer in charge came to me and said they wanted me in Salina and did I want to go? I knew what Major Shanks wanted me for and I said I did not want to go. The officer said that was good because he wanted to keep me there. I was in charge of a crew and doing a good job and he wanted to keep me. When we finished he wanted to send me to the outfit I was detached from with a recommendation for crew chief. A couple days later he informed me that I was to fly out to Salina by commercial aircraft immediately. I stayed in the 58th Wing until we went to China where I asked for a transfer to 40th Bomb Group 45th Squadron.

Mr. Brown passed away October 10, 2003 and is buried at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.


Clarence Brown, 2003


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