|Pilot 1st Lt. Gifford G. Brown, O-740359 (MIA / KIA) WA
MIA January 17, 1944 at 1:30pm
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 347th Fighter Group (347th FG), 339th Fighter Squadron (339th FS). No known nickname or nose art.
On January 17, 1944 took off from Stirling Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Gifford G. Brown on a mission to escort bombers over Rabaul. Over the target, this P-38 was observed to crash into Blance Bay at 1:30pm. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Brown was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 1773 (MACR 1773)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Gifford G. Brown
FindAGrave - 1LT Gifford George "Giff" Brown (photo, memorial marker)
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June 5, 2019