BROWN, JAMES W., Technical Sergeant, # 34623475, USAAF

 

Inadequate data is available for me to accurately find his records. Assistance would be appreciated. Please use the contact page. Possibly correct is: He was born in 1924 in Mississippi to Ray Leon Brown (1889-1955) and Willie B. (Frost) Brown (1894-1957) (married 22 June 1913). Sibling Ray Leon Brown Jr. (1916-1994).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipmenmt oin the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, “Red Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed. The crew was killed. His remains and those of crewmen (Schlentz, Lesher, Brown, Clarke, Dawson, Ingle, and Nocek) were buried in a group ceremony on 23 September 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Sec. 82, Graves 94 & 95).

 

His brother, Ray L. Brown Jr., born 17 December 1916, served starting 24 September 1942. He died 1 August 1994.

 

NOCEK, THADDEUS S., Technical Sergeant, # 16002106, USAAF

 

Thaddeus was born in 1917 in Illinois to John Albert Nocek (1877-    ) (Austria - arrived in U.S. 1902 – naturalized) and Maggie Nocek (1881-    ) (Austria – arrived 1902 – naturalized). Siblings included Stanley Nocek (1904-1973), Walter Nocek (1907-1981), Helen G. (Nocek) Wilkin (1909-1999), Peter (Piotr) Nocek (1911-    ). Living with them in 1930 was a cousin, Marie Servinsky (1905-    ) (IL). Like 2ndLt Lescher, he graduated from J. Sterling Morton East High Schol.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 25 September 1940. He was trained to maintain the weapons on the B-24 Liberator (armorer) and as a gunner using the .50 caliber machineguns. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, “Red Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed. The crew was killed. His remains and those of crewmen (Schlentz, Lesher, Brown, Clarke, Dawson, Ingle, and Nocek) were buried in a group ceremony on 23 September 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Sec. 82, Graves 94 & 95).

DAWSON, HAROLD R., Staff Sergeant, # 17097658, USAAF

 

Harold R. Dawson was born on 1 October 1921 in Washington, Washington Co., Iowa, to Clyde Raymond Dawson (1899-2001) and Alma Elvina (Leeper) Dawson (1901-2002) (married 5 May 1921, Washington Co., IA). Siblings were Clyde A. Dawson (1931-    ) and John Alden Dawson (1936-2005).

He enlisted in the USAAF on on 17 August 1942. He was trained to maintain the weapons on the B-24 Liberator (armorer) and as a gunner using the .50 caliber machineguns. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, “Red Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River.