Black Hawk County

Lt. Richard Brown



Lt. Rich. Brown On Missing List

Was Bombardier;
Brother Killed Over Naples.

Cedar Falls – Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Brown, 903 Bluff street, received a telegram from the war department Sunday informing them that their son, Second Lt. Richard Brown, 22, has been missing in action over Germany since Jan. 14.

A bombardier with the Eighth army air force, he has been based in England. A letter written the day previous told of special training he had received and that he was being assigned to a new crew the next day for a special mission. It is presumed the mission failed.

Lieutenant Brown enlisted in December, 1942, while attending Chasse college, Ontario, Cal. He was inducted Feb. 28, 1943, and was first sent to Fresno, Cal., later to La Grande, Ore., and then to Santa Ana, Cal. where he was assigned to bombardier-navigator training. This he received at Kingman, Ariz., graduating from the gunnery school there Jan. 1, 1944. At Victorville, Cal., he was graduated from the bombardier school, May 20, 1944. Further training was taken at Lincoln, Neb., and Alexandria, La.

The crew was made up and took off for England from Lincoln, Neb. at completion of his training.

A brother, Lt. Robert Brown, was killed in action piloting a plane over Naples, Feb. 14, 1943.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, February 05, 1945, Page 5 (photo included)

Cedar Falls Has Chapter of NAA

Cedar Falls – The Cedar Falls chapter of the National Aeronautics association was organized Tuesday evening at the Chamber of Commerce rooms . . .

B. L. Nay, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, spoke on “Skyways Are Byways.” And Lt. Richard Brown of the army air corps, told of his experiences as a prisoner of the Germans.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, July 11, 1945, Section Two, Page 15