44-10787

 

On 27 December 1944 a P-51C-10, # 44-10787, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Kenchow on a combat sweep mission over Canton, China. The pilot was Capt. Robert E. Brown, # 0-421626. He was last seen at about 0815 Zulu in the target area. 2ndLt Donald H. Swim, who bailed out near Tien Ho Airdrome on27 December 1944, reported: “On New Year’s eve a group of (Chinese) guerillas came from the Canton area and gave me Capt. Brown’s dog tags. They said he made a belly landing and died after landing. The location was Guangzhou, Shunde, Guangdong, China. He was shot in the right eye. They buried him atop a mountain about 20 miles from Canton. They said they covered the grave with rocks and erected a board at his head. I was unable to learn if they marked the board.”

 

BROWN, ROBERT EARL, Captain, # 0-421626, USAAF

 

Robert E. Brown was born on 14 July 1917 in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, to Sidney Earl Brown (1878-1946) and Jewel (Ege) Brown (1877-1952). He married Martha Golden (1918-    ) on 10 May 1944 in Gainesville, Florida.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Fulton Co., Georgia, on 23 November 1940. He graduated from the Air Corps Training Center 11 July 1941. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 27 December 1944 a P-51C-10 (North American Mustang), # 44-10787, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Kenchow on a combat sweep mission over Canton, China. The pilot was Capt. Robert E. Brown, # 0-421626. He was last seen at about 0815 Zulu in the target area. 2ndLt Donald H. Swim, who bailed out near Tien Ho Airdrome on27 December 1944, reported: “On New Year’s eve a group of (Chinese) guerillas came from the Canton area and gave me Capt. Brown’s dog tags. They said he made a belly landing and died after landing. The location was Guangzhou, Shunde, Guangdong, China. He was shot in the right eye. They buried him atop a mountain about 20 miles from Canton. They said they covered the grave with rocks and erected a board at his head. I was unable to learn if they marked the board.” After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the National Cemetery & Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 25 January 1949 (Sec. A, Grave 669).