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March 18, 2009
Dear Dawn, Kim, Chris, Dallas and Michael,
I never knew Charlie Brown or his crew, but I knew their kind. I too flew a B-17 over Germany in 1944.
Charlie's crew flew 29 missions, but I flew only one -- actually only half a mission because we were shot down after bombing the aircraft factory at Meresburg on November 2nd 1944. We spent six months as POWs and were liberated on April 29th, 1945 at Stalag VIIA near Moosburg.
Because we flew only one mission we were the part of the 8th AF airmen who kept the average number of missions flown DOWN to about a dozen and because of crews like Charlie's who flew with skill and no small amount of luck, they kept the average number UP to about a dozen.
You can be proud of your dad and his crew who were ordered to do their duty and did it.
March 16, 2009
A remarkable man. The world needs more of his kind, is fortunate to have had him,and will miss him greatly.
March 15, 2009
Hi Dawn,
My Father, Edward Zmiejko, ALSO flew 29 missions over Germany during World War II. He was with the 526th squadron--379th bomb group & operated as a top turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress named the Elsie Mae with the 8th Air Force based in Kimbolton, England. My Father passed away in 2005 at the age of 83. During the war, he was the OLD man on the plane--he was 21 years old--God Bless America!
Dolores J. Austin
March 14, 2009
Thanks for your contribution to the betterment of mankind and for your service to our country. God bless you and your crew for your effort in making the world a better and safer place for all of us. Rest in peace fellow warrior.
March 12, 2009
Charlie,

Be sure to rendevous with Frank, again. I'm sure you will. You two will be one the same team this time.
March 12, 2009
To the Brown Family
I'm humbled by the military honor displayed. Not like today.
I am deeply touched by this story.
Thank You for your service.
Mike Winkelspecht
December 25, 2008
Charlie and I met when I searched for my classmates of Pilot Class 43-D. We graduated in April 1943 and he showed up at the second reunion in DC. From then we developed a long-lasting friendship. He served two terms as Prez of the organization and also as the last Chairman of the Board of Directors. Charlie was a indefatigable individual and strived to protect and foster 43-D. I shall miss him greatly. Phyl and I got to know both him and Jackie and Phyl fondly remembers the many shopping trips they made at the
43-D reunions. God Speed my man, and voya con dios. Take care.
December 13, 2008
To The Brown Family,

I had the honor of meeting Charlie at Franz's home and then again at his 379th Reunion.
Charlie was a very proud Veteran of WWII and I think it's men like him who are thought of when people
speak of the greatest generation.

Charlie made me promise him to take care of Franz as he was thought of as his younger brother, he also
wanted to make sure that he was contacted if anything ever happened to him and that he would help in any way he could. I had to make that hard phone call to Charlie on March 22nd. 2008. Charlie upset as he was, his biggest concern was for the Stigler Family. He had a big heart and was very generous to people that were close to him.

Out of all the men who flew in WWII it was more than a miracle Charlie and Franz met, both living very long lives and meeting again many years later.
I am lucky to have met Charlie and only wish that it was years earlier

With deepest sympathy, Jim Berladyn
December 10, 2008
For Charlie--You and I were both very young B-17 pilots with the 8th Air Force in England. The story of your encounter with Franz Stigler in the air over Europe and your subsequent friendship has been an inspiring one for countless people. I salute you !
December 08, 2008
The passing of Charlie Brown is a
tremendous loss for every patriotic
American. Charlie is truely a hero
to all who honor the brave men who
served this country during the dark
days of World War II.
The story of that first combat flight
of a stricken B-17 and the Luftwaffe
pilot who not only did not shoot it
down but escorted it to safety over
the English Channel is a thrill to all
who ever read or hear it. It is the
very substance that stirs the heart
and fires the imagination.
Truely, this is a sad day, but it is a
day to recognize the men who have
been a blessing to the United States
or America.

John Mc Guirk, a friend
World War Historical Society,
Tallahassee, Florida

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