|Description||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.|
|Object Name||Suit, Flier's|
|Collection||3D - Clothing|
|Title||WWII Army Air Force Flying Suit c. 1942-1946|
|Creator||Fruhauf Southwest Uniform Co.|
|Inscription Text||"A.R. BROWN" (stamped leather name tag on left breast); "B-7173" (stamped in black onto left front breast pocket); "Suit Flying, Very Light, Cotton Twill / TYPE K-1 / SIZE MEDIUM REGULAR / STOCK NO. 8300-784880 / ORDER NO. (33-038) 45-6117-AF / FRUHAUF SOUTHWEST UNIFORM CO. WICHITA,KAS." (black label with gold letters inside back top center)|
Item belonging to Allan R. Brown during his tenure in the military:
-Served as a navigator for the 8th Army Air Force, 14th Combat Wing, 392nd Bomb Squadron based in Wendling, England during WWII from September 18, 1942 - January 10, 1946.
-After his B-24 Liberator plane was shot down, became a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luftwaffe I in Barth, 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.
“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."
"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."
"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."
|Dimensions||H-59 W-25 inches|
United States Army
World War II
World War Two
World War II
Brown, Allan R.