BROTHERS, NORMAN A., Staff Sergeant, # 31050672, USAAF


Norman A. Brothers was born on 7 March 1918 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to Leo Lawrence Brothers (1897-1968) (Canada) and Lilly Brothers (1897-    ) (England). Siblings included Rita E. (Brothers) Rinaldi (1919-1984), Emma Eleanor (Brothers) Blanchette (1921-1993), and Eileen P. Brothers (1921-    ).


He enlisted in the USAAF on 15 April 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He was the tail gunner on the day he died. On 5 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6282, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 395th Bomb Squadron, departed on a bombing mission, ran out of fuel, and ditched in the Bay of Bengal short of Chittagong, Burma. Four crewmen died and/or drowned in the crash and two bodies were recovered. His remains were buried in the Mount Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.