|Recent Address:||29991 Scenic Drive N.E., Poulsbo, WA 98370|
|Family Info:||Parents: Orville II and Ethel; Wife: Ruth Ellen; Children: Sherrie, Orville; Brother: Edward|
|Hometown:||Yuba City, CA|
|Date Entered Service:||December 15, 1941|
|Location of Unit:||Panama Canal Zone (1942)|
|Hump Missions:||12+ Chakulia, India to Chengtu, China and back.|
|Awards:||Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge|
|Service Schools:||Airplane Mechanics School-Chanute Field, IL 1942; Curtiss-Wright-Buffalo, NY (P-40 E & F) 1942; B-29-Pratt Air Field, KS 1943|
|MOS:||MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic, Crew Chief (B-29)|
|Rank Upon Discharge:||Technical Sergeant|
|Crew Type:||Ground crew|
|Airplane Serial No.& Name:||42-6276 Black Magic, 42-24718 Black Magic II|
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|Date Discharged:||October 24, 1945|
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|Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s):||Illinois State -- BS in Ed., MS in Ed., Graduate work Univ. of Ill, Univ. of Washington; Instructor of Industrial Education. Summers: Union Carpenter, Carving Carousel Horses.|
|Thoughts About the 58th:||This is a very difficult assignment. My life is divided by pre-WWII and post-WWII. I enlisted as an idealistic young man right after Pearl Harbor. I knew nothing of war except what my father told me of his experiences in WWI. I really had to grow up in a hurry. I had a great interest in anything flying. I wanted to enlist for pilot training, but due to poor eyesight, ended up as an airplane mechanic which was fine as I was with airplanes. The fighter planes, of course, were my first love but the B-29 was such a great airplane that I was happy as a Crew Chief as anyone could be in a wartime situation.
I lost several planes and, of course, their crews. They never told us but I hope none of them were because of poor maintenance. For my crew and I always did our best and never let a plane go out on a mission that was defective in anyway.
|Comments:||The world was changed when the Atomic Bomb was detonated. We, the 45th, were on Tinian at the time. Little did we know the future repercussions of this event -- with Russia, the Cold War, now the present threats with North Korea & Iraq. As they say, there will always be wars and rumors of wars. I'm of the age now (82) that to sacrifice my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to any war other than that of saving our country is impossible for me! We have served: Granddad Civil War, Dad WWI, myself WWII. Let my family rest in peace.
Mr. Brown passed away September 5, 2012. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ferndale, WA.
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