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Dwyer C. Brownfield was born on April 16, 1918, supposedly in Iowa. He entered the military service in Los Angeles on October 1, 1943, supposedly with 4 years of college, although the institution has not been identified. He was accepted for Aviation Cadet status, and received training as a pilot and combat crew training as a co-pilot on the B-24 type aircraft.
He was assigned to the 459th Bomb Group, 754th Bomb Squadron, located at Guilia Air Field in Italy. On April 2, 1944, he was assigned to fly as co-pilot on a mission against Steyr, Austria.
After completing the bomb drop, the aircraft made the turn-off target, and was immediately engaged by a number of German fighters. Two of these fighters made a head-to-tail pass - the dreaded 12 o'clock high run - and inflicted severe damage to the aircraft.
Both #2 and #4 engine began smoking, and the aircraft pulled up and away from the formation. The pilot feathered #2, but had to unfeather and slowly dropped further from the formation.
The aircraft was last seen by a group of P-38 pilots who reported a B-24 with one engine out and one smoking, losing altitude over the Adriatic Sea. Many rescue flights were flown over the last reported position, but no trace of the aircraft or crew was ever seen again.
Lt. Brownfield is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England. He was 25 years old, and married.
Lt. Brownfield was co-pilot of B-24H # 41-28716, nicknamed "Swiss Itch," assigned to the 759th Bomb Squadron.The aircraft inventory records for this unit also show aircraft #41-29316 with the same name.
According to mission loading lists, the crew consisted of:
Cpt Donald A. Garrand p
2 Lt Dwyer C. Brownfield c-p
2 Lt Harold A. Yokum nav
2 Lt Gordon H. Dennison bomb
1 Lt Joe Sewwig nav
TSgt Armand F. Sposito eng
Pvt Richard S. Bruno r/o/gun
SSgt Milton W. Juech rwg
SSgt Careme J. Jubaly lwg
SSgt Paul J. Wardlow bt gun
SSgt Gordon A. Tasney tail gun
Note: The crew carried an extra navigator. Also, SSgt Tasney is listed in personnel records as the top gunner, a position usually assigned to the engineer. Lt. Yokum's name is spelled "Yokam" in another report.
Missing Air Crew Report 3884 applies. All crew listed as MIA, later KIA.