|A B-24 from the 5th Bombardment Group where Sgt. Brand served.|
John E. Brand could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on April 5, 1917 in New York. His parents were also both born in New York. His father was a broker. John had a younger brother and a younger sister. By 1940 his father had died and John no longer lived with his mother.
John enrolled in the Army Air Corp on August 4, 1941. He became a sergeant serving in the 23rd Bombardment Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group, 13th Air Force. By 1945, his unit was assigned to B-24s and operating out of the Philippines. It specialized in long-range over-water missions.
Nose art from the B-24 that Sgt. Brand was flying in the day he died.
He was flying on the Maiden Montana on March 12, 1945, most likely on a local bombing mission over Mindanao or Luzon. It did not return from it's mission that day. When the crew's remains were initially recovered, they were not able to separate who was who.
His remains were returned to be buried in a common grave with his crew mates at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis, Missouri.
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