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Alvin H. Brown collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2003 Box 4 (03.0078-03.0124), Folder: 03.0107 - Folder 1
Identifier: 03.0107

Content Description

This collection relates to Alvin H. Brown who served as a B-17 pilot assigned to the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomber Group flying missions over France and Germany from England ending in the summer of 1945. The collection includes an audio tape recording interview and accompanying transcript.


  • Event: 1919-2002
  • Other: Date acquired


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alvin Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 15, 1919. After finishing high school in 1939, he decided to join the U.S. Army Air Corps. He enlisted in August of 1940. In the interview, Brown shares the story of his military training, and how he came to be a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II. He states that he was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomber Group which was stationed about three hours outside of London, England. Brown talks about the B-17 missions that he flew over Germany and France. He says that he flew the bombing missions over Berlin several times. Once he completed his ten missions, he was sent back stateside to Pine Castle Air Force Base, now known as Orlando Municipal Airport.

While assigned to this B-17 group, he was an engineering officer. Because he had a newborn son, he chose to be discharged from the Air Corps in the summer of 1945. Brown and his family moved to Atlanta, where he and his brother resumed a construction business. He left Atlanta toward the end of 1945 to move to Orlando and become a private flight instructor. Because private flight lessons were going to be phased out at this location, Brown and his wife decided to move to Tallahassee in January of 1948, so that he could attend college under the G.I. Bill. Brown finished his Baccalaureate degree with a major in Political Science. Brown discusses student life and social life as a married veteran at the newly coeducational FSU. He nearly completed his Master's degree before being called up for the Korean conflict. He served in Korea for eighteen months and then moved back to Atlanta, where he eventually went into business for himself.


01 folders

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Related Materials

Alvin H. Brown Collection (AFC/2001/001/48222), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Condition Description

2003 FSU/WW2 Institute -Reichelt Oral History Program

Alvin Brown collection
Andrew Darlington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US