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Catalog Number 2015.025.036B
Description WWII German Nazi Party Banner, c. 1942-1946 acquired by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Red cotton WWII Nazi banner or pennant is triangular in shape with a folded hem at wide end that creates a sleeve for hanging. A large white circle with a black swastika symbol is sewn onto both sides.
Object Name Banner
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title WWII German Nazi Party Banner, c. 1942-1946
Date c. 1942-1946
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text none
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 "This is a banner that was hung in a string across the streets of a city, along the sides of the wall, or at various events where the pride of being a member of the Nazi party wanted to be shown." []

“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)]
Dimensions H-14.75 W-22.25 inches
Dimension Details Some frayed edges on white circles with minor discoloration
Medium Textile
Search Terms Brown, Allan R.
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Banners
U.S. Army
World War II
People Brown, Allan R.