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Name Brown, Allan R.
Notes "Inevitably Mr. Brown finally joined the service. Going down to the draft office at the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, or as we know it now, the United States Air Force. He was sent off to England where he was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 14th Combat Wing, 392nd Bomb Squadron based at Wendling. … Ultimately there came the mission when Allan Brown didn't return - his ninth.
"On a mission over Munich where they were supposed to bomb industry, Mr. Brown's bomber was hit by flak which locked the elevators. … Five to ten German fighters intercepted him and shredded the plane with their guns. The Liberator went up in flames. Three airmen were burned inside the bomber, while one died on the ground. The civilians that captured Mr. Brown called a Luftwaffe officer to pick him up, who then took him to solitary confinement at the air base in Munich. German interrogation officers … charged Mr. Brown as a spy, declaring that he had been dropped in for espionage work. …From the Interrogation Center, he was driven up to the cold regions of the Baltic Sea to Stalag Luftwaffe I, a prison camp for airmen who had been captured by the Luftwaffe. …On May18, 1945, the first Russian soldiers marched into the camp and declared every prisoner free."
["Allan Brown: A Biography" by Peter Allen Sparacino (Brown's 13 year old neighbor's 7th grade Literature class paper, May 21, 1997)]


"The Eighth Air Force (8AF) is a numbered air force (NAF) of the United States Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).
Established on 22 February 1944 by the redesignation of VIII Bomber Command at RAF High Wycombe, England, 8 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the European Theater of World War II, engaging in operations primarily in the Northern Europe AOR; carrying out strategic bombing of enemy targets in France, the Low countries, and Germany; and engaging in air-to-air fighter combat against enemy aircraft until the German capitulation in May 1945. It was the largest of the deployed combat Army Air Forces in numbers of personnel, aircraft, and equipment."

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighth_Air_Force#World_War_II_.281944.E2.80.931945.29]

"The 392d Strategic Missile Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. During World War II, its predecessor unit, the 392d Bombardment Group was an Eighth Air Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment group stationed in England, stationed at RAF Wendling. The group flew 285 combat missions, suffering 1552 casualties including 835 killed in action or line of duty and 184 aircraft lost."

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/392d_Strategic_Missile_Wing]

"Stalag Luft I was a German World War II prisoner-of-war camp near Barth, Western Pomerania, Germany, for captured Allied airmen. The presence of the prison camp is said to have shielded the town of Barth from Allied bombing. Approximately 9,000 airmen (7,588 American and 1,351 British and Canadian) were imprisoned there when it was liberated on the night of 30 April 1945 by Russian troops."

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalag_Luft_I]
Role Academic
Othernames Allan Robert Brown
Born 1922
Birthplace New York, New York
Deceased 2000
Occupation Shipping Clerk, Los Angeles CA
United States Army Air Force navigator-bombadier during WWII
Prisoner of War (POW) during WWII
United States Air Force navigator-bombardier during the Korean War
United States Air Force Reserves instructor
College of San Mateo instructor
College of San Mateo administrator
Titles & honors -Outstanding Advisor Award from the United Model United Nations, 1973
-Oversaw the 26-part series shewn on PBS titled "United States Congress
-Top Teacher on College of San Mateo campus 1968
-Distiguished Flying Cross
Education 1928-1936 Elementary and Junior High School in New York, NY
1936-1940 - Morris High School, New York, NY
1952-1954 - College of San Mateo
1954-1959 - Stanford University B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Political Science)
Places of residence New York
Los Angeles
San Mateo
Father Milton Brown
Mother Cecelia Swarty Fan Leer
Spouse Kathleen M. Brown

Associated Records

2015.025.041 - This collection documents the activities of Allan R. Brown, who served as a Navigator in the Army Air Forces during World War Two and in the Air Force during the Korean War as a Navigator -Bombardier. The collection also contains materials related to Brown's career as an educator and administrator for College of San Mateo. Materials are textual, comprising of Armed Forces personnel records, news releases, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and a school paper written by Allan Brown's neighbor. Item list of materials: 1A-D. Form letter to US Army Air Force Officers entering European Theater of Operations from Brigadier General Hugh J. Knerr, circa 1943-1944 2A-B. Photocopy of the Barth Hard Times, Stalag Luft I's prisoner-of-war newspaper, "Russky Come!", May 5, 1945 3A-B. Headquarters, Far East Air Forces news release announcing that Allan Brown was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, July 10, 1951 4A-C. Air Force Personal Affairs Statement, July 16, 1952 5. Report of Separation from the Armed Forces of the United States, August 9, 1952 6A-B. Letter from the Department of the Air Force regarding Allan Brown's retirement, March 2,1972 7A-C. Photocopy and translation of a German newspaper regarding Allan Brown's visit to Barthe, July 21, 1983 8A-B. College of San Mateo President's Memorandum, "Dr. Brown Retires", April 1989 9A-C. College of San Mateo news release, "Dr. Allan Brown, CSM Vice President, to Retire", May 1, 1989 10A-H. "Allan Brown: A Biography", Brown's 13 year old neighbor's literature paper, 1998

This collection documents the activities of Allan R. Brown, who served as a Navigator in the Army Air Forces during World War Two and in the Air Force during the Korean War as a Navigator -Bombardier. The collection also contains materials related to Brown's career as an educator and administrator for College of San Mateo. Materials are textual, comprising of Armed Forces personnel records, news releases, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and a school paper written by Allan Brown's neighbor. Item list of materials: 1A-D. Form letter to US Army Air Force Officers entering European Theater of Operations from Brigadier General Hugh J. Knerr, circa 1943-1944 2A-B. Photocopy of the Ba

Image of 2015.025.001A - US Air Force Dress Uniform Jacket, c. 1952-1982.  Long blue-colored wool jacket has two pleated chest pockets with button flaps, two straight lower front pockets with button flaps, an interior straight chest pocket with horizontal opening on proper right, epaulet straps secured with buttons beneath the collar and a four-button front closure.  All buttons are pewter-colored metal with embossed eagle.  There is dark blue-colored ribbon banding 3" above bottom of sleeve.  There is a split in the back just below the belt.  Jacket interior is lined with blue-colored rayon.  Several badges and emblems decorate the coat:  silver-colored metal maple leaves on each epaulet at shoulder; "U.S." silver-colored metal pins on top notches of collar; silver-colored metal wings on proper left breast; various cloth-colored bars above left breast pocket representing various tours of duty and accomplishments with the air force; blue white plastic name tag above proper right breast pocket with "BROWN" engraved into it.

2015.025.001A - US Air Force Dress Uniform Jacket, c. 1952-1982. Long blue-colored wool jacket has two pleated chest pockets with button flaps, two straight lower front pockets with button flaps, an interior straight chest pocket with horizontal opening on proper right, epaulet straps secured with buttons beneath the collar and a four-button front closure. All buttons are pewter-colored metal with embossed eagle. There is dark blue-colored ribbon banding 3" above bottom of sleeve. There is a split in the back just below the belt. Jacket interior is lined with blue-colored rayon. Several badges and emblems decorate the coat: silver-colored metal maple leaves on each epaulet at shoulder; "U.S." silver-colored metal pins on top notches of collar; silver-colored metal wings on proper left breast; various cloth-colored bars above left breast pocket representing various tours of duty and accomplishments with the air force; blue white plastic name tag above proper right breast pocket with "BROWN" engraved into it.

US Air Force Dress Uniform Jacket, c. 1952-1982. Long blue-colored wool jacket has two pleated chest pockets with button flaps, two straight lower front pockets with button flaps, an interior straight chest pocket with horizontal opening on proper right, epaulet straps secured with buttons beneath the collar and a four-button front closure. All buttons are pewter-colored metal with embossed eagle. There is dark blue-colored ribbon banding 3" above bottom of sleeve. There is a split in the back just below the belt. Jacket interior is lined with blue-colored rayon. Several badges and emblems decorate the coat: silver-colored metal maple leaves on each epaulet at shoulder; "U.S." silver-c

Image of 2015.025.001C - US Air Force Dress Service Cap, c. 1952-1982.  Dark blue wool service cap worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF and/or USAF Reserves.  Cap has a flat round top that is higher at front.  Front of cap has a black felt bill with white embroidery of clouds and lightning with a black leather band just above it affixed with two silver-colored decorative buttons at each end.  There is a dark blue ribbed cloth band between bill and twill wool top.  At front in center of fabric is a silver-colored metal emblem of an eagle holding olive branches(?) in one claw and arrows in the other.  There are two black-painted metal grommets on each side for ventilation.  Underside of bill appears to be gray-colored vinyl and there is black-colored shiny plastic or patent leather trim along bill's edge.  Interior band of brown leather is sewn in place and has a small brown fabric ribbon bow at back seam.  Underside of hat is lined with gray fabric covered with clear vinyl.

2015.025.001C - US Air Force Dress Service Cap, c. 1952-1982. Dark blue wool service cap worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF and/or USAF Reserves. Cap has a flat round top that is higher at front. Front of cap has a black felt bill with white embroidery of clouds and lightning with a black leather band just above it affixed with two silver-colored decorative buttons at each end. There is a dark blue ribbed cloth band between bill and twill wool top. At front in center of fabric is a silver-colored metal emblem of an eagle holding olive branches(?) in one claw and arrows in the other. There are two black-painted metal grommets on each side for ventilation. Underside of bill appears to be gray-colored vinyl and there is black-colored shiny plastic or patent leather trim along bill's edge. Interior band of brown leather is sewn in place and has a small brown fabric ribbon bow at back seam. Underside of hat is lined with gray fabric covered with clear vinyl.

US Air Force Dress Service Cap, c. 1952-1982. Dark blue wool service cap worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF and/or USAF Reserves. Cap has a flat round top that is higher at front. Front of cap has a black felt bill with white embroidery of clouds and lightning with a black leather band just above it affixed with two silver-colored decorative buttons at each end. There is a dark blue ribbed cloth band between bill and twill wool top. At front in center of fabric is a silver-colored metal emblem of an eagle holding olive branches(?) in one claw and arrows in the other. There are two black-painted metal grommets on each side for ventilation. Underside of bill appears to be gray-colo

Image of 2015.025.033 - US Air Force Dress Shirt, c. 1952-1982.  Collared light blue-colored cotton/polyester long-sleeve dress shirt has a single breast pocket on proper left breast and a six-button closure down the front.  Buttons are clear plastic and a spare button is attached below other buttons .

2015.025.033 - US Air Force Dress Shirt, c. 1952-1982. Collared light blue-colored cotton/polyester long-sleeve dress shirt has a single breast pocket on proper left breast and a six-button closure down the front. Buttons are clear plastic and a spare button is attached below other buttons .

US Air Force Dress Shirt, c. 1952-1982. Collared light blue-colored cotton/polyester long-sleeve dress shirt has a single breast pocket on proper left breast and a six-button closure down the front. Buttons are clear plastic and a spare button is attached below other buttons .

Image of 2015.025.026 - US Airforce Uniform Jacket, c. 1950-1982.  Wool tweed short jacket is blue in color, has two pleated front chest pockets with flaps, interior chest pockets with straight horizontal openings, a four-button closure and black metal buckles at side of waistband for adjusting circumference.  Front of waistband has a snap closure.  Each shoulder has an epaulet strap secured with blue stitching beneath the notched collar.  There are two silver-colored metal "U.S." pins affixed above collar notches. Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

2015.025.026 - US Airforce Uniform Jacket, c. 1950-1982. Wool tweed short jacket is blue in color, has two pleated front chest pockets with flaps, interior chest pockets with straight horizontal openings, a four-button closure and black metal buckles at side of waistband for adjusting circumference. Front of waistband has a snap closure. Each shoulder has an epaulet strap secured with blue stitching beneath the notched collar. There are two silver-colored metal "U.S." pins affixed above collar notches. Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

US Airforce Uniform Jacket, c. 1950-1982. Wool tweed short jacket is blue in color, has two pleated front chest pockets with flaps, interior chest pockets with straight horizontal openings, a four-button closure and black metal buckles at side of waistband for adjusting circumference. Front of waistband has a snap closure. Each shoulder has an epaulet strap secured with blue stitching beneath the notched collar. There are two silver-colored metal "U.S." pins affixed above collar notches. Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

Image of 2015.025.027A - US Airforce Uniform Dress pants, c. 1952-1982.  Blue wool tweed trousers with side front pockets, two back pockets with flaps, six belt loops and a zipper-front closure.  Waistband and pockets are white cotton.  Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

2015.025.027A - US Airforce Uniform Dress pants, c. 1952-1982. Blue wool tweed trousers with side front pockets, two back pockets with flaps, six belt loops and a zipper-front closure. Waistband and pockets are white cotton. Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

US Airforce Uniform Dress pants, c. 1952-1982. Blue wool tweed trousers with side front pockets, two back pockets with flaps, six belt loops and a zipper-front closure. Waistband and pockets are white cotton. Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

Image of 2015.025.027B - US Airforce Uniform Belt, c. 1952-1982.  Blue cotton belt has a silver-plated brass buckle and end cap.  End slides through buckle and secures with tension knob.  Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

2015.025.027B - US Airforce Uniform Belt, c. 1952-1982. Blue cotton belt has a silver-plated brass buckle and end cap. End slides through buckle and secures with tension knob. Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

US Airforce Uniform Belt, c. 1952-1982. Blue cotton belt has a silver-plated brass buckle and end cap. End slides through buckle and secures with tension knob. Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

Image of 2015.025.022 - WWII Army Airforce Uniform Dress Pants, c. 1942-1946.  Worn by Allan Brown during WWII.  Khaki rayon tweed trousers with a pleated front, side front pockets, two back pockets with flaps, seven belt loops and a zipper-front closure.  Interior waistband and pockets are white cotton.

2015.025.022 - WWII Army Airforce Uniform Dress Pants, c. 1942-1946. Worn by Allan Brown during WWII. Khaki rayon tweed trousers with a pleated front, side front pockets, two back pockets with flaps, seven belt loops and a zipper-front closure. Interior waistband and pockets are white cotton.

WWII Army Airforce Uniform Dress Pants, c. 1942-1946. Worn by Allan Brown during WWII. Khaki rayon tweed trousers with a pleated front, side front pockets, two back pockets with flaps, seven belt loops and a zipper-front closure. Interior waistband and pockets are white cotton.

Image of 2015.025.029 - US Air Force Service Cap, c. 1950-1982.  Dark blue wool service cap worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF or USAF Reserves.  Cap has a flat round top that is higher at front.  Front of cap has a black leather bill with a black leather band just above it affixed with two silver-colored decorative buttons at each end.  There is a dark blue ribbed cloth band between bill and twill wool top.  At front in center of fabric is a black-painted metal grommet for affixing an emblem with two similar grommets on each side for ventilation.  Interior band of brown leather has holes perforated throughout.  Underside of hat is lined with yellow fabric covered with clear vinyl.  There is a small fabric ribbon bow at back of leather bands.  Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

2015.025.029 - US Air Force Service Cap, c. 1950-1982. Dark blue wool service cap worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF or USAF Reserves. Cap has a flat round top that is higher at front. Front of cap has a black leather bill with a black leather band just above it affixed with two silver-colored decorative buttons at each end. There is a dark blue ribbed cloth band between bill and twill wool top. At front in center of fabric is a black-painted metal grommet for affixing an emblem with two similar grommets on each side for ventilation. Interior band of brown leather has holes perforated throughout. Underside of hat is lined with yellow fabric covered with clear vinyl. There is a small fabric ribbon bow at back of leather bands. Worn by Allan R. Brown during the Korean War.

US Air Force Service Cap, c. 1950-1982. Dark blue wool service cap worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF or USAF Reserves. Cap has a flat round top that is higher at front. Front of cap has a black leather bill with a black leather band just above it affixed with two silver-colored decorative buttons at each end. There is a dark blue ribbed cloth band between bill and twill wool top. At front in center of fabric is a black-painted metal grommet for affixing an emblem with two similar grommets on each side for ventilation. Interior band of brown leather has holes perforated throughout. Underside of hat is lined with yellow fabric covered with clear vinyl. There is a small fabric rib

Image of 2015.025.031 - US Air Force Dress Shirt, c. 1952-1982.  Collared light blue-colored cotton/polyester short-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with button-flap closures and a five-button closure down the front.  Buttons are clear plastic.

2015.025.031 - US Air Force Dress Shirt, c. 1952-1982. Collared light blue-colored cotton/polyester short-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with button-flap closures and a five-button closure down the front. Buttons are clear plastic.

US Air Force Dress Shirt, c. 1952-1982. Collared light blue-colored cotton/polyester short-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with button-flap closures and a five-button closure down the front. Buttons are clear plastic.

Image of 2015.025.044 - US Air Force Uniform Garrison Cap, c. 1950-1982.  Blue-colored wool rectangular cap has a 2.75" folded cuff at bottom, the top edge of which has black and silver decorative cording.  The cuff overlaps at an angle on the proper right side.  Interior appears to be lined with light gray-colored rayon and there is a brown-colored leather band around interior bottom to lend support.

2015.025.044 - US Air Force Uniform Garrison Cap, c. 1950-1982. Blue-colored wool rectangular cap has a 2.75" folded cuff at bottom, the top edge of which has black and silver decorative cording. The cuff overlaps at an angle on the proper right side. Interior appears to be lined with light gray-colored rayon and there is a brown-colored leather band around interior bottom to lend support.

US Air Force Uniform Garrison Cap, c. 1950-1982. Blue-colored wool rectangular cap has a 2.75" folded cuff at bottom, the top edge of which has black and silver decorative cording. The cuff overlaps at an angle on the proper right side. Interior appears to be lined with light gray-colored rayon and there is a brown-colored leather band around interior bottom to lend support.

Image of 2015.025.028 - US Airforce Uniform Jacket, c. 1950-1982.  Polyester/cotton short jacket is blue in color, has two angled flat front pockets, an interior chest pocket with a straight horizontal opening on proper right side, a zipper front closure and dark blue plastic buttons at side of waistband for adjusting circumference.  Each shoulder has an epaulet strap secured with blue plastic buttons beneath the collar.

2015.025.028 - US Airforce Uniform Jacket, c. 1950-1982. Polyester/cotton short jacket is blue in color, has two angled flat front pockets, an interior chest pocket with a straight horizontal opening on proper right side, a zipper front closure and dark blue plastic buttons at side of waistband for adjusting circumference. Each shoulder has an epaulet strap secured with blue plastic buttons beneath the collar.

US Airforce Uniform Jacket, c. 1950-1982. Polyester/cotton short jacket is blue in color, has two angled flat front pockets, an interior chest pocket with a straight horizontal opening on proper right side, a zipper front closure and dark blue plastic buttons at side of waistband for adjusting circumference. Each shoulder has an epaulet strap secured with blue plastic buttons beneath the collar.

Image of 2015.025.045 - US Air Force Uniform Garrison Cap, c. 1950-1982.  Blue-colored polyester/wool rectangular cap has a 2.75" folded cuff at bottom, the top edge of which has black and silver decorative cording.  The cuff overlaps at an angle on the proper right side.  Interior appears to be lined with light gray-colored rayon and there is a brown-colored leather band around interior bottom to lend support.

2015.025.045 - US Air Force Uniform Garrison Cap, c. 1950-1982. Blue-colored polyester/wool rectangular cap has a 2.75" folded cuff at bottom, the top edge of which has black and silver decorative cording. The cuff overlaps at an angle on the proper right side. Interior appears to be lined with light gray-colored rayon and there is a brown-colored leather band around interior bottom to lend support.

US Air Force Uniform Garrison Cap, c. 1950-1982. Blue-colored polyester/wool rectangular cap has a 2.75" folded cuff at bottom, the top edge of which has black and silver decorative cording. The cuff overlaps at an angle on the proper right side. Interior appears to be lined with light gray-colored rayon and there is a brown-colored leather band around interior bottom to lend support.

Image of 2015.025.030 - US Air Force Service Cap Cover, c. 1950-1982.  Worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF or USAF Reserves.  Dark blue water repellent cap cover is made of nylon and rayon fabric.  Cover has a flat round top with a vertical 2" band of fabric at side with an elastic hem at bottom of band.  Used to cover Allan R. Brown's officer's service cap in the rain.

2015.025.030 - US Air Force Service Cap Cover, c. 1950-1982. Worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF or USAF Reserves. Dark blue water repellent cap cover is made of nylon and rayon fabric. Cover has a flat round top with a vertical 2" band of fabric at side with an elastic hem at bottom of band. Used to cover Allan R. Brown's officer's service cap in the rain.

US Air Force Service Cap Cover, c. 1950-1982. Worn by Allan R. Brown while in the USAF or USAF Reserves. Dark blue water repellent cap cover is made of nylon and rayon fabric. Cover has a flat round top with a vertical 2" band of fabric at side with an elastic hem at bottom of band. Used to cover Allan R. Brown's officer's service cap in the rain.

Image of 2015.025.032 - US Air Force Regulation Rain Coat, c. 1950-1982.  Dark blue nylon/rayon long raincoat has a three-hidden-button closure, long sleeves, a split at center back bottom below waist, epaulet straps secured with buttons beneath notched collar, small flaps with buttons at wrists and two large pockets at waist with vertical side openings.

2015.025.032 - US Air Force Regulation Rain Coat, c. 1950-1982. Dark blue nylon/rayon long raincoat has a three-hidden-button closure, long sleeves, a split at center back bottom below waist, epaulet straps secured with buttons beneath notched collar, small flaps with buttons at wrists and two large pockets at waist with vertical side openings.

US Air Force Regulation Rain Coat, c. 1950-1982. Dark blue nylon/rayon long raincoat has a three-hidden-button closure, long sleeves, a split at center back bottom below waist, epaulet straps secured with buttons beneath notched collar, small flaps with buttons at wrists and two large pockets at waist with vertical side openings.

Image of 2015.025.019 - WWII Army Air Force Flying Suit c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II..  Khaki-colored cotton jumpsuit or coveralls consists of one-piece pants and jacket with collar and a zipper front from the waist to the collar.  Long sleeves have button cuffs.  Bottom of legs have zipper closures.  There are small straps with buttons at waist.  There are four khaki-colored metal grommets in each arm hole for ventilation.  There two breast pockets with diagonal zippered closures and deep front pockets at waist with side-slit openings.  Front of pant legs have pockets with side zipper closures at thy and pockets with top zipper closures at outside of shin.  Proper left arm has four narrow pockets for holding pens or items of similar shape.  A brown leather clip  is affixed to top proper left pants pocket.  Proper left front pocket is stamped with "B-7173" and a brown leather "A.R. BROWN" label is sewn just above pocket.  Army Air Forces logo (blue circle with wings and a white star with a red circle in center) is died into fabric of proper left shoulder.

2015.025.019 - WWII Army Air Force Flying Suit c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II.. Khaki-colored cotton jumpsuit or coveralls consists of one-piece pants and jacket with collar and a zipper front from the waist to the collar. Long sleeves have button cuffs. Bottom of legs have zipper closures. There are small straps with buttons at waist. There are four khaki-colored metal grommets in each arm hole for ventilation. There two breast pockets with diagonal zippered closures and deep front pockets at waist with side-slit openings. Front of pant legs have pockets with side zipper closures at thy and pockets with top zipper closures at outside of shin. Proper left arm has four narrow pockets for holding pens or items of similar shape. A brown leather clip is affixed to top proper left pants pocket. Proper left front pocket is stamped with "B-7173" and a brown leather "A.R. BROWN" label is sewn just above pocket. Army Air Forces logo (blue circle with wings and a white star with a red circle in center) is died into fabric of proper left shoulder.

WWII Army Air Force Flying Suit c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II.. Khaki-colored cotton jumpsuit or coveralls consists of one-piece pants and jacket with collar and a zipper front from the waist to the collar. Long sleeves have button cuffs. Bottom of legs have zipper closures. There are small straps with buttons at waist. There are four khaki-colored metal grommets in each arm hole for ventilation. There two breast pockets with diagonal zippered closures and deep front pockets at waist with side-slit openings. Front of pant legs have pockets with side zipper closures at thy and pockets with top zipper closures at outside of shin. Proper left arm has four narrow

Image of 2015.025.020 - WWII Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War I.  Collared khaki-colored cotton/polyester short-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with button-flap closures and a five-button closure down the front.  Buttons are khaki-colored plastic.

2015.025.020 - WWII Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War I. Collared khaki-colored cotton/polyester short-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with button-flap closures and a five-button closure down the front. Buttons are khaki-colored plastic.

WWII Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War I. Collared khaki-colored cotton/polyester short-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with button-flap closures and a five-button closure down the front. Buttons are khaki-colored plastic.

Image of 2015.025.015 - WWII Army Air Forces Flying Jacket, c. 1942-1946.  Cotton olive-colored jacket has a brown wool fur lining and brown faux fur collar collar with olive colored knit sleeves and waist.  An additional rectangle of faux fur is sewn to back of collar and can be buttoned when collar is raised for added warmth to one's neck.  Two front pockets above waist have diagonal snap closures.  There also two interior pockets with vertical snap closures.  Proper left arm has four narrow pockets for holding pens or items of similar shape.  Jacket has a front zipper closure.  Above proper left pocket is sewn a leather label in which "A.R. BROWN" is stamped.  Below the label a brown leather triangle is sewn.  Left proper shoulder has the Army Air Forces insignia (blue circle with wings and a white star with a red circle in its center) died into the fabric.  A large patch of an eagle carrying two red bombs with a white cloud, blue sky and gold lightning bolt is sewn onto proper left.  Eagle patch is from when Allan R. Brown served on the 731st Bomb Squadron, indicating that he wore this jacket both during WWII and during the Korean War.

2015.025.015 - WWII Army Air Forces Flying Jacket, c. 1942-1946. Cotton olive-colored jacket has a brown wool fur lining and brown faux fur collar collar with olive colored knit sleeves and waist. An additional rectangle of faux fur is sewn to back of collar and can be buttoned when collar is raised for added warmth to one's neck. Two front pockets above waist have diagonal snap closures. There also two interior pockets with vertical snap closures. Proper left arm has four narrow pockets for holding pens or items of similar shape. Jacket has a front zipper closure. Above proper left pocket is sewn a leather label in which "A.R. BROWN" is stamped. Below the label a brown leather triangle is sewn. Left proper shoulder has the Army Air Forces insignia (blue circle with wings and a white star with a red circle in its center) died into the fabric. A large patch of an eagle carrying two red bombs with a white cloud, blue sky and gold lightning bolt is sewn onto proper left. Eagle patch is from when Allan R. Brown served on the 731st Bomb Squadron, indicating that he wore this jacket both during WWII and during the Korean War.

WWII Army Air Forces Flying Jacket, c. 1942-1946. Cotton olive-colored jacket has a brown wool fur lining and brown faux fur collar collar with olive colored knit sleeves and waist. An additional rectangle of faux fur is sewn to back of collar and can be buttoned when collar is raised for added warmth to one's neck. Two front pockets above waist have diagonal snap closures. There also two interior pockets with vertical snap closures. Proper left arm has four narrow pockets for holding pens or items of similar shape. Jacket has a front zipper closure. Above proper left pocket is sewn a leather label in which "A.R. BROWN" is stamped. Below the label a brown leather triangle is sewn. Le

Image of 2015.025.006 - WWII Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II.  Collared olive-colored wool long-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with buttoned scalloped-flap closures and a six-button closure down the front.  Buttons are olive-colored plastic .  Epaulet straps on shoulders are secured with similar buttons beneath collar.  On shoulder of proper left sleeve is a US Army Air Forces embroidered felt patch consisting of a white star with a red circle center and gold wings on a dark blue ground.

2015.025.006 - WWII Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Collared olive-colored wool long-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with buttoned scalloped-flap closures and a six-button closure down the front. Buttons are olive-colored plastic . Epaulet straps on shoulders are secured with similar buttons beneath collar. On shoulder of proper left sleeve is a US Army Air Forces embroidered felt patch consisting of a white star with a red circle center and gold wings on a dark blue ground.

WWII Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Collared olive-colored wool long-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with buttoned scalloped-flap closures and a six-button closure down the front. Buttons are olive-colored plastic . Epaulet straps on shoulders are secured with similar buttons beneath collar. On shoulder of proper left sleeve is a US Army Air Forces embroidered felt patch consisting of a white star with a red circle center and gold wings on a dark blue ground.

Image of 2015.025.005 - WWII 8th Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II.  Collared olive-colored wool long-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with buttoned scalloped-flap closures and a six-button closure down the front.  Buttons are olive-colored plastic .  Epaulet straps on shoulders are secured with similar buttons beneath collar.  On shoulder of proper left sleeve is an 8th US Army Air Forces embroidered cloth patch consisting of a gold "8" with gold wings on a dark blue ground.  Inside lower circle of the "8" is white star with a red circle center.

2015.025.005 - WWII 8th Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Collared olive-colored wool long-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with buttoned scalloped-flap closures and a six-button closure down the front. Buttons are olive-colored plastic . Epaulet straps on shoulders are secured with similar buttons beneath collar. On shoulder of proper left sleeve is an 8th US Army Air Forces embroidered cloth patch consisting of a gold "8" with gold wings on a dark blue ground. Inside lower circle of the "8" is white star with a red circle center.

WWII 8th Army Air Forces Dress Shirt, c. 1942-1946 worn by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Collared olive-colored wool long-sleeve dress shirt has two breast pockets with buttoned scalloped-flap closures and a six-button closure down the front. Buttons are olive-colored plastic . Epaulet straps on shoulders are secured with similar buttons beneath collar. On shoulder of proper left sleeve is an 8th US Army Air Forces embroidered cloth patch consisting of a gold "8" with gold wings on a dark blue ground. Inside lower circle of the "8" is white star with a red circle center.