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Catalog Number 2015.025.042
Description WWII German Swastika Emblem, c. 1938-1946 collected by Allan R. Brown to remember his experience in World War II. Metal emblem (tin?) is painted and depicts a sun at the top with several curved rays radiating out from a red center. Center has a brass-colored circular swastika with a silver-colored crown between each of the four openings. The sun sits above two back-to-back birds (eagles?) that are sitting on a red train car that is resting on a brown ground. Both sides are identical. Purpose unknown.
Object Name Symbol, Political
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title WWII German Swastika Emblem, c. 1938-1946
Date c. 1942-1946
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text There are characters on the "window" of the train car that look like roman numerals and include Xs and Ts and additional characters like upside down Ls.
Provenance Item belonging to Allan R. Brown during his tenure in the military:
-Served as a navigator for the Army Air Force in Germany during WWII from September 18, 1942 - January 10, 1946.
-After his plane was shot down, became a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luftwaffe I in Barthe, Germany from1944-1945
-Served as a navigator for the US Air Force during the Korean War from August 10,1950 - August 9, 1952.
-Served in the Air force Reserves following both tours of duty through 1982.
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)]

"In the wake of widespread popular usage, the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) formally adopted the swastika (in German: Hakenkreuz [hook-cross]) in 1920. This was used on the party's flag, badge, and armband."
Dimensions H-2.875 W-2.125 D-0.375 inches
Search Terms Birds
Brown, Allan R.
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Birds
World War II
People Brown, Allan R.