SERGEANT SIDNEY CLIFFORD BROWN; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

January 15, 1919 (New Haven, CT) – January 7, 2003 (Middletown, CT); 83 years old
Married to Charlotte Cohn (1923-1994) on December 7, 1941 in Norwalk, CT
Married to Eileen Porter (1927-2004) on October 16, 1996 in Norwalk, CT
One son, Ronald Wayne, and two daughters, Joanne and Francine.
Last local address: 8 Spring Hill Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted on February 2, 1943
Service number 31313627
34TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP, 391ST BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON

Awarded the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal.


From Missing Air Crew Report 10841

Departed From: Southwold, England
Target/Destination: Merseburg, Germany oil refinery
Date: November 30, 1944
Time: 1315
Plane type: B-17G
Serial number: 43-38059
Nickname: None


POW in German Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16.


From Missing Air Crew Report 10841
Departed From: Southwold
Target/Destination: Merseburg, Germany oil refinery
Date: November 30, 1944
Time: 1315
Plane type: B-17G
Serial number: 43-38059
Nickname: None


Plane was at 27,500 feet when it received a direct hit y flak in the Number 2 engine. The plane slid under the formation with engine on fire. After all crew did an oxygen check, the wing exploded and only 5 of 9 crew members were able to exit the plane and deploy parachutes. While in POW camps, German soldiers made contradicting statements that four of the crew who weren’t in the camp, were hung by civilians after they bailed out but also that they had died in the crash.


Crew assigned (KIA=4, POW=5)
Pilot, Captain Oscar T. Hanson, KIA, Bemidji MN
Co-Pilot, 1st Lt Roy C. Keirn, KIA, McKeesport PA
Navigator, 1st Lt Donald G. Topping, POW, St. Louis MO
Bombardier, 1st Lt Lindsay I. Lipscomb, POW, Conroe TX
Radio Operator, TSgt, George H. Simpson, KIA, Wabash IN
Engineer/Gunner, TSgt Paul A. Shull, POW, Kansas City MO
Nose Gunner, SSgt Sidney C. Brown, POW, Darien CT
Tail Gunner, SSgt Joe N. Burton, POW, Athens GA
Waist Gunner, SSgt Lawrence D. Layton, KIA, Atlanta GA


From The Norwalk Hour January 4, 1945

Mrs. Charlotte Cohn Brown of Raymond Street, Darien, formerly of this city, received word on December 20 that her husband, Staff Sergeant Sidney C. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Brown of Ridgefield, has been missing in action in a raid over Germany since November 30. An aerial gunner, Sergeant Brown had been in the service since February 10, 1943 and had been awarded the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters. He received his initial training at Miami Beach, Florida, and Denver, Colorado, and had been overseas since last March. Before entering the service, he was employed at Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport.


From The Norwalk Hour January 16, 1945

Slightly hopeful information from another member of the Air Forces regarding Staff Sergeant Sidney C. Brown of Darien, reported missing in Germany since November 30, 1944, and has been received by his family, indicating that the crew bailed out and landed safely, but in enemy territory. The information comes from a crew member of a bomber which hovered in the vicinity of Staff Sergeant Brown’s plane. Staff Sergeant Brown is the husband of Charlotte Cohn Brown of Raymond Street, Darien, and they have a two-year-old son. The sergeant’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. William B. Brown of 13 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Possessor of the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters, Staff Sergeant Brown had been overseas since March 1944. He went into the service on February 10, 1943, training at Miami Beach, Florida, and Denver Colorado. Previously he was employed with the Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport.


From The Norwalk Hour January 29, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. William Brown of Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, have been notified by the International Red Cross that their son, Sergeant Sidney C. Brown, who was reported missing in action over Germany on November 30,m is a prisoner of war somewhere in Germany. Sergeant Brown was a turret gunner on a Liberator and went overseas last March. He has been awarded the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters. His wife is the former Charlotte V. Cohn of Norwalk. They have a two-year-old son.

From The Norwalk Hour May 18, 1945

Sergeant Sidney C. Brown of Raymond Street, Darien, has been liberated from a German prison camp, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Charlotte Cohn Brown. Sergeant Brown, a gunner in a bomber, was shot down over Germany on November 30, 1944. He wrote his wife that he expected to be home soon.


Obituary from genealogybuff.com

Sidney Brown, 83, grandfather of New Milfordite

Sidney C. Brown, 83, of North Port, Fla., and Westbrook, formerly of Danbury, died Jan. 7 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. He was the husband of Eileen D. Porter Cohn Brown and widower of Charlotte Virginia Cohn. Mr. Brown was born Jan. 15, 1919, in Ridgefield, son of William M. and Louise Brown. He married Charlotte Cohn on Dec. 7, 1941. He was drafted by the U.S. Army and trained in the Army Air Corps, and flew 23½ missions in the 34th Bomb Group as a gunner. He was shot down twice, first over his own airfield in England and second over the Black Forest in Germany, where he was captured and held in a German prison camp for 13 months. He earned a Purple Heart, four Oak Clusters for successful missions, the Bronze Star and many other ribbons and medals for service to his country. He was active in a national ex-POW organization. Mr. Brown retired early from the Perkin-Elmer Corporation in 1978 after working on numerous projects, especially the Mercury space capsule flown by Scott Carpenter. He also served on the Civilian Conservation Corps, building roads in Connecticut after World War II. He is survived by a son, Ronald of Venice, Fla.; two daughters, Jo Ann of Danbury and Francine DeLelle of Stamford; seven grandchildren, Shelly of Middletown, Del., Michael of Venice, Fla., Stephanie Cypher of Waterbury, Meredith McDermott of Danbury, Jason DeLelle of New Milford, Michelle DeLelle of Stamford and Virgina Greenwood of Nokomis, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren, Jozlyn, Madison and Blain. Mr. Brown will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery within the next three weeks and be honored at a military ceremony in Washington, D.C. Condolences may be paid to his daughter Jo Ann Brown at 45 Tamarack Ave., Danbury CT 06811.


Sergeant Brown is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia; Section 68, Plot 1037

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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