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Capt. Quince Lucien Brown

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Commanding Officer

78th Fighter Group
1021 Parakeet Trail
Lakeland, Florida 33809
United States

Company Description: " In late 1942, the 78th Fighter Group was shipped to Great Britain, where it was posted at Goxhill Airdrome in East Anglia on December 1, 1942. Once established,...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Captain
  • Army Reserves
Web References
Major Quince L. Brown, 84th Fighter Squadron
www.78thfightergroup.com, 13 Jan 2008 [cached]
Quince L. Brown Major Quince L. Brown, 84th Fighter Squadron, 4-21-43 to 9-6-44 | Maj. Quince L. Brown | Quince Brown | Capt. Quince L. BrownMajor Quince L. Brown, 84th Fighter Squadron
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_Major Quince L. Brown, 84th Fighter Squadron, 4-21-43 to 9-6-44, KIA
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Quince Lucien Brown was born on December 7, 1941 in Hydrok, Oklahoma.He joined the Army Reserves and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. and received his wings on April 25, 1941 at Kelly Field, Texas.He then served as an instructor for two years at Randolph Field, Texas and Enid , Oklahoma.He logged over 1326 hrs., 45 min. training time.
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"Quince was celebrating his 24th birthday when the Japanese attacked Pearl harbor on 7 December 1941, but he had to spend 19 months teaching other men to fly before going overseas to a combat theater.Even then he was assigned to the training base at Atcham and three months were to pass before he finally reached a combat squadron."
He was assigned to the 84th Fighter Squadron of the 78th Fighter Group at Duxford on April 21, 1943.He also was assigned a personal aircraft, a P-47D-6RE, s/n 42-74753, WZ-J, which was named "Okie" after his home state.8.333 of Brown's 12.333 aerial victories were scored in this aircraft.
Quince L. Brown's first assigned personal aircraft, P-47-6RE s/n 42-74753, WZ-J, "Okie".
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July 1943 was to become a memorable but sad month for Quince Brown and the 78th.During a fighter sweep mission on July 1, the Group's popular commanding officer, Lt.Col.
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Quince Brown was bounced and chased to the deck by two FW-190s, which he soon outdistanced.
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" Brown followed the rail lines near Leiden, when he spotted the train and shot it up.When he crossed the Dutch coast he was flying so low to the water to avoid shore batteries his propeller struck the surface bending the tips on two blades".
He still made it back to Duxford.
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Quince L. Brown; the first 8th Air Force "triple" victory; Major Eugene P. Roberts(7); the highest 8th Air Force mission victory score to date( sixteen); the first 8th Fighter Command group to score in double figures.
An early picture of 1st Lt.Quince L. Brown and his personal aircraft, P-47-6RE s/n 42-74753, WZ-J, "Okie".The personal artwork can be seen clearly.The crew panel lists Brown and his ACC, T/Sgt William Jensen.Note, Quince is holding a dog, "Major" one of the 78th Group mascots. ( Source Credit: Frank Olynyk, "Stars and Bars, A Tribute To The American Fighter Ace, 1920-1973". 1995, Grub Street, ISBN 1-898697-17-5)
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Quince Brown's first credited victory came on September 27, 1943.The 78th Fighter Group P-47s were assigned to give withdrawal support for the 1st and 3rd Bomb Divisions attacking industrial targets at Emden, Germany.This mission marked the first time that the Group flew with 108 gallon impregnated paper belly tanks to extend their range.This was a very successful trip for the Group, posting nine(9) victories without loss.The 84th Squadron was assigned mid cover at an altitude of 29,000 feet.As the Group approached the bombers leaving the target area, they observed about thirty enemy aircraft firing rockets and making 6 o'clock attacks on the "Big Friends".Quince Brown was following his Squadron Leader, Major Eugene Roberts(7), who couldn't get into good firing position on a Me-109.Brown managed to get good deflection and closed dead astern of the evasive e/a.He immediately scored hits and the 109 spouted flame and black smoke, pulled up into a stall and fell off towards the ground.Brown quickly rejoined his flight.The Group stayed with the bombers, fighting off attacks until they broke escort 40 miles off the Dutch coast due to low fuel.
1st Lt.Quince L. Brown and his personal aircraft, P-47-6RE s/n 42-74753, WZ-J, "Okie".The 4 victory markings suggest this picture was taken before January 30th, 1944.Brown had 4 aerial victories credited at that time. (Source Credit: Jerry Scutts, "P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Eighth Air Force", Osprey, 1998, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-85532-729-5)
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During January 1944, Brown added four(4) more victories to his credit, including a " double" on January 4.The 78th was assigned withdrawal support on the 4th for the Third Bomb Division attacking targets at Munster, Germany.
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It was very badly afire as Brown pulled up and watched the smoking Focke Wulf spin down.Brown made a sharp right turn to come in behind a Fw-290 that was lining up on four P-47s.He shot at thirty degrees deflection and one ring of the lead.The Fw-290 took hits and poured flames from both wing roots as it pulled up and to the right before spinning down out of control smoking heavily".On the 30th, the 78th was escorting bombers near Rheine, Germany.Garry L. Fry reports(5): "Quince Brown swung around the last bomber box and spotted a lone aircraft 8,000 feet below.
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Quince thought it as first it was a P-51 and flew alongside it.
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Quince L. Brown's assigned aircraft.
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Brown reported: 'As we got right under the dogfight, I saw a Me-109 come spinning down on fire.
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Brown then pulled up and immediately sighted a Ju-88 parked on the far side of the field.He proceeded to set it on fire.As he departed the airfield, he fired into two more parked aircraft.Brown led his flight out of the area on the deck and then took them up to 7,000 feet.At this point, two FW-190s bounced the P-47s from nine o'clock.The Thunderbolts broke into them and all the aircraft wound up in a left-handed Lufbery.Several times, one of the 190s attempted to break and climb out, but Brown hit his water injection, caught them and they would break down once more.The wingman finally broke right and went into the clouds while the leader made a break and attempted to outrun the Jug.Brown then closed rapidly and sent the 190 crashing into a small creek.Brown headed for home but once more met with enemy opposition.Two Me-109s took the P-47s into another turning contest.Once more the wingman broke and made it into the clouds while Brown and the leader had it out. 'This leader was trying to outrun me just on the top of the clouds.
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Quince Brown was awarded the Silver Star for this four victory mission.The four victories in one mission also was a first for an 8th Fighter Command pilot.Quince was not flying "Okie" on this particular mission but P-47D-6RE, s/n 42-74723, WZ-X.
A 1944 picture of P-47D-6-RE, s/n 42-74753, WZ-V, "Okie" in the 84th Fighter Squadron dispersal area at Duxford.This was the second aircraft assigned to Quince Brown before the end of his first tour.
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Brown lost the Germans but going north a mile he met a Fw-190 coming head-on.Quince got on his tail as it passed and commenced to zooming up and breaking for the deck with the enemy., but he couldn't get him in his sights.The Jerry went to the deck below the treetops and tried to outrun Quince, zooming straight up and skidding, but Brown stuck with him despite his water injection not working.During one skid maneuver, Quince almost rammed the German aircraft, then fired at close range, hitting all around the cockpit and engine roots.The Focke Wulf exploded, showering pieces all around Brown, who did a violent wingover to 500 feet to avoid the debris.Coming home, Quince escorted two B-17 stragglers with their wheels and bomb bay doors down"
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" Brown was credited with 0.33 of a shared victory.Garry continues reporting on Quince Brown with regards to the bomber escort mission of April 12: "At 1310 hours, Quince Brown was leading part of 78th A group near Duren, Germany when thirty plus Fw-190s and Me-109s emerged from the heavy clouds going in the opposite direction.
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Brown picked out an Fw-190 with a belly tank and at 5,000 feet, raked the Fw from left wingtip to cockpit.The enemy aircraft exploded, Quince flying safely through the flame and debris".
Quince Brown was promoted to Captain during this period and appointed 84th Squadron Operations Officer on May 26, 1944.
On completion of his first combat tour( 300 combat hours - changed in early May 1944 from 200 hours) in July 1944, Quince Brown left for 30 days' extended leave back home to Bristow, Oklahoma.He had an opportunity to return to instructing, but volunteered to go back to Duxford and the 78th Group for a second tour.He returned to the 84th Squadron on August 28, 1944 and received a new personal aircraft, a P-47D-21, 42-25698, WZ-J, which was nicknamed "Okie II" He was also promoted from Captain to Major.Further combat missions took his score of enemy aircraft to 12.3 air victories ­ he was the only man in the
Max Jucheim
www.78thfightergroup.com, 5 May 2006 [cached]
Capt. Quince L. Brown, 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group.Quince Brown was credited with 12.3 aerial victories and two ground claims. (Source Credit: Garry L. Fry via Duke Morrison, "Eagles of Duxford", 1991, Phalanx Publishing Ltd., ISBN 0-9625860-2-1)
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(3) - Quince Brown - pilot in 84th Fighter Squadron from 4-21-43 to 9-6-44, KIA.Sqd.Ops Officer on 5-26-44.
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