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S/Sgt. Elmer Eugene(Brownie) Browning - Ball Turret Gunner
Posted by: Melba Browning (ID *****8484) Date: September 19, 2008 at 12:03:58
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Elmer came tot he crew from Danville, IL., and his crew always called him Brownie. His crew and other people expressed their feelings that this was the most hazardous position on the B-17. I guess because it hung outside the belly of the plane and all the bombers B-17's and B-24's. It was the loneliest spot that you could be in,located directly behind the open bomb bay doors when we were going toward our target. He always had a bird's eye view of the ground and the bombs falling out of the shackles through the huge opening of the Bomb-bay; as the bombardier would flip the toggle switch and say "Bombs Away". Any descendants, or relatives and his genealogy would be greatly appreciated. Elmer and I have recently written a book called: Elmer's Tune, which tells about the ten man crew aboard the B-17 called Elmer's Tune. They went through 7 planes to complete 35 bombing missions over Germany and enemy occupied Belgium, France and Holland.
He had one brother, Robert Woodrow Browning who died in Tennessee. I also had two sisters, one named Alice Lorene, and she was murdered in Aurora, IL. My other sister, Merle is still living today in League City in an assisted housing in Texas. Do I have family out there. Our book can be purchased from us, off the internet or through your local book stores under the USBN 978-0-9817572-1-6. I was born the child of Byron Ralph Browning and Mary JENKINS, and they divorced and my father married Florence Nelson who became my mother when I was about 4 or 5 years of age. She was a wonderful mother to me and I know she loved me dearly. Thank you for any help you can give me. I am 84 years young and received distinguised flying cross, the purple heart, the bronze star, Air Mail with 4 oak leaf clusters for valor in service, European Theater with 3 major battle stars, President unit citation with one oak leaf cluster, and numerous other metals. I was in the first wave of heavy bombers on D-Day. Thank you for your interest.

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