Brownfield, Dwyer C., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 759th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Guilia Air Base, Italy

Casualty Date
Apr 02, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Mediterranean Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)459th Bombardment Group, Heavy759th Bomb Squadron
  1941-1944, M 0273, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, 459th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, 759th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
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B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
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Last Known Activity
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.

 

  

Comments/Citation
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.

   
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