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1 ArmstrongF/O John Lees Darrell MiD From Westmount Qu. Born in 1917 Served w/ 418 Sqd On 9 Nov 1943 flying Mosquito HJ830 w/ F/O AJ Brown they are s/d near Pois Somme France. Both Kia.,
2 Benson Sgt David Howard USA From Long Island NY. Born in 1922 Trainee at 15 AFU On 24 June 1943 flying Oxford V3955 he collides mid air w/ Oxford piloted by Sgt JH Brown. Both are Kifa., Airspeed Oxford
3 BrownG/C Alan Coatsworth DSO DFC OBE From Winnipeg Joined RAF on 19 Oct 1934 In Sept 1939 flew Blenheim w/ 53 Sqd at Odiham Went to France in late Sept 1939. On 13 May 1940 hit and loosing one engine but rtb. On 1 June 1940 hit and crashed back at Manston On 2 June 1940 hit and s/d near Dunkirk they rtb by boat. On 7 Jan 1942 posted OC 407 Demon Sqd at North Coates Lincs flying Hudsons for Coastal Cd.,
4 BrownF/O Alan Grant DFC No.429 Sqd Home in Millbrook Ont Recom. dated 10 Sept 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (162 operational hrs) from 9 April to 25 Aug 1944. ,
5 BrownP/O Allan Keith DFC Pilot w/ No.408 Sqd Home at Midnapore AB One night in April 1945 detailed to attack Hamburg. S/d over germany three crews bale out and he crash-land safely in the dark.,
6 BrownF/Lt Arthur From St.John's Commissioned in late 1940 Posted to No.258 Hurricane Sqd in India in 1942 Kia in May 1943 during a ground attack against the Japanese
7 BrownF/L Arthur Leland DFC AFC No.216 Sqd Home in Hawarden Sask To Ferry Command Dorval June 1942; sent overseas in Sept 1942. Posted to No.216 Sqd (Dakotas). Returned to Canada Jan 1945. Posted to No.6 OTU Comox until April 1946 taken part in operations in India the Western Desert and the Eastern Mediterranean area. Recom. dated 27 Jan 1945 when he had flown 2 033 hrs 124 in past six months. ,
8 Brown Capt Arthur Royal "Roy" DFC DSO Born 23 Dec 1893 in Carleton Place Ontario; educated there and in Edmonton (1913-1915). When WW1 started he was one of a handfull of canadians who could fly. Attended Wright School Dayton Ohio and attained ACA Certificate No.361 24 Nov 1915; S/Lt on 15 Nov 1915; sailed from New York on 2 Dec 1915; at Chingford 24 Dec 1915; He crashed in an Avro 504 and was injured severely. Eastchurch Gunnery School 8 Sept 1916; Cranwell 1 Jan 1917; to Dover Air Station 24 Jan 1917; To No.9 RNAS Sqd 10 March 1917; sick on 20 March 1917; returned to No.9 (N) Sqd 10 May 1917; to No.11 (N) Sqd 23 May 1917; sick 25 May to 2 June 1917; In July 1917 he claims an Albatross D.III s/d. to No.9 (N) Sqd 2 Aug 1917 through to late April 1918 (with time off in late 1917 for leave in Canada). Wounded 30 Sept 1917; died in Stouffville Ont 9 March 1944. On the 3rd Sept 1917 he attacked a two-seater Aviatik in company with his flight. The enemy machine was seen to dive down vertically the enemy observer falling over on the side of the fuselage shot. On the 5th Sept 1917 in company with formation he attacked an Albatross scout and two-seater driving them away from our lines. One machine was observed to go down apparently out of control. On the 15th Sept 1917 whilst on patrol he dived on two Aviatiks and three Albatross scouts followed by his flight. He dived several times and picked out one enemy scout firing about 200 rounds when the enemy machine went down out of control spinning on its back. On the 20th Sept 1917 whilst leading his flight he dived on five Albatross scouts. Brown picked out one enemy machine and opened fire. One of his guns jammed but he carried on with the other. The enemy machine went down out of control and over on its back and remained in that position for about twenty seconds whilst Brown continued firing until his other gun jammed. The enemy machine then disappeared in the clouds still on its back. Another officer of the same patrol was later followed by four enemy machines as he was separated from the formation. Both Brown's guns were jammed but he dived on the enemy machines and drove them off thus undoubtably saving the pilot's life. Flying a Bentley-powered Camel of 209 Sqd (ex- RNAS 9) he led the second flight of the Sqd in a patrol on Sunday 21 April 1918 towards the somme river. He leads his flight to help two Australian RE-8s attacked by Richthofen's unit. Followed by the remainder of the Sqd. He fired but missed. He then went to help his friend MAY pursued and harrassed by the red barron. He dove on the red triplane and fired at it. The triplane started a progressive glide with the dead Richthofen at the command. Although a great controversy exists as to who between Brown and some australian gunners brought the baron down. Brown was credited with the victory. He retired from flying on 23 april 1918 with severe stomac ulcers. He was discharged in April 1919. After the war he operated an airline between Quebec and Ontario.
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9 BrownS/L Daniel Danny OC 421 Sqd at Evere on 1 Jan 1945 On 1 Jan 1945 at 11:00 he leads 8 Spitfires XVIs for an armed recce.,
10 BrownF/L David Reid DFC Pilot w/ No.424 Sqd Home in Fredericton Recom. dated 15 Sept 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (141 hrs 50 min) from 31 May to 12 Sept 1944.,
11 BrownF/O DoNovan Samuel DFC Halifax Pilot posted w/ No.10 Sqd in July 1944 Home in Windsor Ont Recom. dated 18 Feb 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (157 hrs 45 min) 1 Aug 1944 to 1 Jan 1945.,
12 BrownF/L Douglas Arthur DFC No.408 Sqd Home in Sutton QE in Oct 1944 during an attack against Hamburg he was everely damaged his crew baled out but he landed safely.,
13 BrownF/O E. de P. USA from Coronado Cal. served w/ 1(401) Can Sqd B of B . On 27 Sept 1940 he claims a Ju-88 shared s/d w/ F/O Christmas and S/L McNab (in fact it was McNab's vict alone). During the afternoon he claims a Do-17 s/d S of London. On 30 Sept 1940 he claims a Bf-109 damaged ,
14 BrownP/O Everett Lennes DFC No.427 Sqd Home in Pembroke Ont,
15 BrownFrederick Elliott MC&B Home in QE City; Infantryman F/O(Observer) with RFC 4 Jan 1917 with effect from 29 Aug 1916; Served w/ No.2 RFC Sqd Aug 1916 to April 1917; trained as a pilot; with No.84 RFC Sqd Oct 1917 to 3 May 1918 (wounded). ,
16 BrownWO Gordon Frederick DFC Can Air/Sea rescue pilot w/ 293 Sqd Home in Danville QE
17 Brown F/L Gordon Stewart DFC Can Home in Montreal Made many sorties damaged many locomotives. Served w/ 400 Sqd for recce flights in late 1944 On 5 Oct 1944 he is attacked by Mustangs escorting bombers near Almelo.
18 BrownF/O Harold Thomas DFC Bomber pilot w/ No.419 Sqd Home in Biggar Sask
19 BrownSgt J. Served w/ 427 Sqd Posted w/ 426 Sqd on 18 May 1943,
20 BrownW/Co Jack Clement DFC&B From Kingston Joined RAF in Aug 1937 Flew Lancasters w/ 12 Sqd at Wickenby Lincs In 1944 FtCdr w/ 434 Sqd at Skipton-on-Swale Yorks. Postwar was OC 427 Sqd at Leaming In 1949-51 he was W/Co Flying at Summerside On 21 May 1945 he had flown 44 sorties. First tour was 31 sorties (161 hrs 35 min) 15 Feb to 8 Aug 1944. Second tour was 13 sorties (100 hrs 20 min) 4 Feb to 16 April 1945. ,
21 BrownF/L James Albert DFC Bomber pilot w/ No.408 Sqd Home in North Bay Recom. dated 8 Nov 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (144 hrs ten min) 18 April to 23 Oct 1944.
22 Brown Sgt James H. Trainee at 15 AFU On 24 June 1943 flying Oxford LX168 he collides mid air w/ Oxford piloted by Sgt DH Benson. Both are Kifa., Airspeed Oxford
23 BrownF/Lt James W. DFC&B From Riverside Ont Posted to 582 Sqd in early 1944 Flew Lancasters as Pathfinders.,
24 BrownJohn J. Jack From Toronto Posted Typhoon pilot w/ No.193 Sqd in Dec 1942 He flew 192 sorties 297 combat hours.,
25 BrownF/L John Thomas AFC Home in Winnipeg OC of a target towing flight. Pilot w/ No.2 Technical Signals Unit (now No.10 RD) Recom. he had flown 3 112 hrs 1 500 as instructor
26 BrownP/O Joseph Frederick Carol DFC No.50 Sqd Home in QE City Completed many mission over enemy territory
27 BrownF/O Leonard Norman DFC No.424 Sqd Home in Paradise Valley AB participated in a number of attacks on some of the most heavily fortified industrial centres in Germany. Posted to Africa No.26 OTU BROWN PO Lloyd William Born in Winnipeg 1913 served for 19 months as a staff pilot His total flying time is 930 hrs of which 597 were completed during 1942.,
28 BrownF/L Malcolm George DFC&B No.683 Sqd Home in Montreal Arrived in UK 18 Dec 1941; No.3 School of General Reconnaissance 31 Jan 1942; No.1 PRU 15 April 1942; assigned to Middle East Pool 11 Aug 1942; Station Benson 19 Oct 1942; to No.62 Sqd 27 Dec 1942; to R Depot 24 Oct 1943; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters 8 Nov 1943; to No.128 Airfield (No.400 Sqd) 6 Dec 1943; to No.39 Wing 13 May 1945; to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre 7 Aug 1945; to Overseas Headquarters 17 Sept 1945. Flew in the Western Desert and has photographed concentrations of armoured vehicles the disposition of troops and various defensive positions in spite of fighter opposition. obtained photographs of Taranto from below 500 feet although he was pursued by enemy fighters.
29 BrownW/C Mannifrank OBE Overseas Home in Lac du Bonnett Man. OC 127 Wing for 12 months prior to the Normandy landings,
30 Brown W/Co Mark Henry 'Hilly' Canadian DFC & Bar Born on 9 Oct 1911 in Glenboro Manitoba. Learned to Fly in Russell Man. Joins RAF in 1936 Posted Hurricane pilot w/ 1 Sqd in Feb 1937 Promoted F/O in Dec 1938 The unit moves to Octerville France in Sept 1939 On 23 Nov 1939 S/L Halahan and F/O Hilly Brown patrolling the Verdun-Metz area attack a Do-17P of 4.(F)/122 piloted by Ofw Baptist Schapp and shoot it down at Haumont-la-Chaussee near Longuyon. The German crew were all kia. On 2 March 1940 leads three Hurricanes from Vassincourt against a Do-17 from 4.(F)/11 near metz. His Hurricane L1974's wooden propeller disintegrate in flight. He glides to a forced landing. On 3 March 1940 w/ Soper they intercept He-111H of 3.(F)/121. They forced it to force-land in flames S of Forbach. Only the piloy Uffz Nagel and another crew were rescued by german infantry. On 20 April 1940 flying Hurricane P2678 for a patrol by F/L Walker F/O Hilly Brown F/O Billy Drake they clobber a gaggle of nine Bf-109s from 7./JG 53 he claims a Bf-109 fallen in german territory. On 3 May 1940 he delivers a captured Bf-109 to Boscombe down for tests. On 10 May 1940 F/L Walker flying Hurricane N2382/B leads A/Sqd 1 w/ F/O Brown F/O Richey F/O Kilmartin Sgt Soper over Metz they claims a Do-17Z piloted by Uffz Graefe from 7./KG 53 shared s/d it crash-lands at Dun-sur-Meuse. On 11 May 1940 part of 5 Hurricanes scrambled at 19:15 against a raid against Reims by 30 Do-17Zs from III/KG 76 and 15 Bf-110s from I/ZG 26. They dove on the escort E of Vervins and claimed 9 s/d. He claimed two Bf-110s s/d. On 12 May 1940 over Maastritch turn on two Bf-109s to protect Lewis who had baled out he shoots and the two germans collide crashing together. Damaged in turn by Bf-109s from 2./JG 27 he RTB. On 14 May 1940 1 Sqd provides escorts for Battles from Nos.105 and 150 Sqd to bomb the bridges on the Maas; they surprise the Stukas from I/StG 77 near Sedan he claims a Stuka s/d; (the British claimed 5 vict 6 Stukas were lost); then the Hurricanes turned w/ the escorting Bf-109s from I/JG 53; he claims a Bf-109 s/d. (4 Bf-109s were s/d and 2 damaged). On 15 May 1940 claims a Me-110. On 17 May 1940 intercepting the escort of a Stuka raid near Sedan he claims the Bf-110C from V(St)/LG 1 which had s/d Pussy Palmer as s/d at 09:00 He attacked a He-111 claiming it s/d also. (the german unit lost 3 Bf-110s against 7 claims). On 18 May 1940 he leads 8 Hurricanes to escort 6 Blenheims from 18 Sqd to attack german columns near cambrai. He is raked by AA fire at 15:20 near St.Quentin; he attacks a Hs-126 which disappear 7m SE of St. Quentin. On 19 May 1940 patrol over the Aisne river then on return intercept the He-111s from III/KG 27 NE of Rethel he claims a He-111 s/d and a He-111 probable at 11:00 near Chateau-Thierry. On 21 May 1940 he claims a He-111 s/d NE of Rethel On 23 May 1940 posted FtCdr A On 1 June 1940 he claims a Bf-109E damaged S of St.Valery On 5 June 1940 he claims a Do-17 s/d near Amiens On 14 June 1940 he claims a He-111 and a Bf-109E s/d in the Caen area but he is s/d and bales out. return to UK on 18 June 1940 by boat. On 11 Aug 1940 flying Hurricane P3047 he claims a Bf-110C from I/ZG 2 shared damaged w/ P/O Chetham 20m S of St.Catherine's Point at 10:10 On 15 Aug 1940 Flying Hurricane P3047 leading the Sqd's 9 a/c from North Weald saw Rubensdorfer's 24 a/c returning from the Martlesham raid at 14:30 thought that Harwich might be in trouble climbed to divert the bombers. Wia he had to bale out S of Harwich and drifted at sea but was rescued. Harwich was untouched. On 6 sept 1940 flying hurricane L1934 he claims a Ju-88 damaged between Kenley and Turnbridge Wells Promoted F/Lt in Sept 1940 On 24 Sept 1940 flying Hurricane V7379 he claims a Do-17 shared s/d E of Bambury W of Cambridge Promoted S/L OC 1 Sqd from Nov 1940 til May 1941 On 8 Jan 1941 he claims a Bf-109 s/d over Quercamps airfield U/c. In March 1941 converted to Hurricanes II. Pionneer the two fighter sweep system. Posted to No.58 O.T.U. in May 1941 Posted to No.57 O.T.U. at Grangemouth in July 1941 and promoted W/Co In mid Aug 1941 he is s/d over the channel and baled out. In late Oct 1941 posted to the Middle East arrived on Malta on 5 Nov 1941 He is posted W/Co Takali On 12 Nov 1941 flying w/ W/Co Rabagliati in a four Hurricanes sweep of Gela airfield he is s/d by flak and kia. Claimed 15 vict 4 shared vict 1 probable and 2 damaged, Buried Catania
31 Brown F/O Marvin Kitchener Can From Kincardine Ont Joined RAF in Jan 1939 Posted to 242 Sqd on 6 Nov 1939 On 16 May 1940 afternoon posted to France attached to 85 Sqd On 18 May 1940 Part of 9 Hurricanes to patrol Le Cateau. They encounter Bf-110Cs from I/ZG 26 at 07:00 5 Hurricanes are s/d. Flying N2320 he is s/d and bales out evacuated to England. On 17 Oct 1940 flying P3207 LE-L his a/c was damaged by Do-17 return fire off Great Yarmouth at 09:25. On 21 Feb 1941 flying N2476 he spun in the ground was kia at Grange farm Alderton. (he still carried a bullet in his body from his wounds in May). He was attractive to women!,
32 BrownF/O Norman DFC Hudson Pilot w/ 194 Sqd for 20 months Home in Toronto rejoined RCAF in 1948 and had risen to Air Commodore by Dec 1966. In April 1942 completed a reconnaissance of the Andaman Islands during which intense anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Despite evasive action the aircraft was repeatedly hit and severe damage sustained. The navigator was killed and the gunner injured. A fire broke out which however was soon extinguished. Despite the damage he rtb safely. Recom. dated 15 June 1944. It states he had flown 789 hrs 15 min. In 1943 general transport work on Hudsons to Fort Hertz valley Chin Hills Arakan and Brigadier Wingate's 1942- 43 force. 60 sorties (56 day and four night) In 1944 supply dropping on Dakota. Supply dropping to the army on the Arakan and the 14th Army supplying Chindits in Burma flying General Wingate's forces into Burma and movement of the 5th Indian Infantry Division from Arakan to Manipur Road area. 104 sorties carried out (66 day and 38 night) including 20 landings behind enemy lines. Total sorties carried out - 164 (125 day and 39 night). BROWN F/Lt Norman Fenton DFC Served w/ 428 Sqd Home in Moskow Saskaatchewan Involved in Mine laying Made five Berlin raids,
33 BrownF/L Norman From Goderich Ont Comm in Dec 1941 Flew Lancasters w/ 35 Sqd Kia on 23 Dec 1944.
34 BrownF/L Raymond Alexander DFC Typhoon pilot w/ No.439 Sqd Home in Toronto On 23 June 1944 flying MN663 he baled out over the Channel after engine failure rescued. Wia.,
35 BrownF/O Ross Norman Morrison DFC No.245 Sqd Born in 1921 in Toronto commissioned 1944. participated in attacks on targets in France Belgium Holland and at the Rhine crossing. In March 1945 he attacked and destroyed a tank at Emmerich On the same day he led a most successful attack on a mortar strongpoint.,
36 Brown2/Lt Sydney MacGillvary DFC American (student Princeton University though home was likely in Brooklyn New York) Attached to French Army for some time and served with Franco-Serbian detachment. Reported to No.29 Sqd 3 July 1918. On 28th Oct 1918 in company with three other machines attacked nine Fokkers; three of the latter were destroyed He claimed one s/d. Total score 3 vict + 1 balloon,
37 BrownSgt Walter Louis From Renfrew Ont Joined RAF in Sept 1939 Flew spitfire w/ No.602 Sqd at Prestwick in Dec 1940 On 24 May 1941 was kia after taking off from Ayrand montrose for a convoy patrol.,
38 Brown W/O1 Wilfred David "Canada" Born in Hamiota MB on 13 Oct 1919 Joins RCAF on 2 Jan 1941 trained at 8 EFTS Boundary Bay to 10 SFTS Dauphin promoted Sgt in Oct 1941. Posted to UK To No.52 O.T.U. in UK from nov 1941 til 9 Feb 1942 Posted w/ 72 Sqd from 22 march 1942. (He demolished a Spitfire landing gear). Posted to 239 Wing and posted to the Middle East Served w/ 112 Sqd near el Alamein in Oct 1942 as W/O. On 31 Oct 1942 flying Kittyhawk FR211/GA-E he claims 2 Stukas and another damaged near El Daba On 4 Nov 1942 flying Kittyhawk III FR266 he claims a Bf-109G-2 piloted by Lt H Luedemann from 8./JG 77 as damaged E of El Garanigh Libya. The german pilot was wia but rtb. On 11 Dec 1942 flying Kittyhawk III FR255/GA-J in engagement he claims a Bf-109G-4/Trop damaged and another Bf-109g possibly piloted by Uffz F Doht from 7./JG 53 who was reported Mia as probably s/d but he is hit by two other Bf-109s and severely wia. He force-lands at Magrun On 17 April 1943 flying Kittyhawk III FR338 he collides on landing w/ the Kittyhawk III piloted by Sgt F/O Ross. Unhurt On 19 april 1943 flying Kittyhawk III FL882/GA-A he is damaged by Bf-109 possibly from 6./JG 53 On 19 Sept 1943 part of 10 a/c on a strafing sortie in the Poyenza-Vallata-Grottaminarda-Lioni-Aveglino areas flying Kittyhawk III FR860/GA-D he is s/d by flak and spin into the ground in flames between Apoli and Avellino; Kia.,
39 BrownS/L William Forbe DFC Served w/ 415 Sqd Home in Hepworth Ont Recom. dated 22 Dec 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties: ,
40 BrownWilliam Henry MC Home in Victoria BC (bank clerk). RFC 4 April 1917; joined No.84 RFC Sqd either 6 Aug or 27 Sept 1917; to Canada on 10 April 1918. Whilst bombing an enemy aerodrome his Sqd was attacked by a formation of forty enemy scouts. He engaged one of these with the result that it dived straight to the ground. He was then attacked by another machine and by skilful piloting he succeeded in firing at close range behind its tail with the result that it fell on its back and went down out of control. Later whilst leading a low-flying attack on enemy troops he dropped four bombs from a very low altitude scattering the enemy in all directions and then at a height of 300 feet engaged them with machine gun fire. Claimed 7 vict incl some OOC.
41 BrownF/O William James DFC Bomber pilot w/ 427 Sqd Born 1917 in Thunder Bay Commissioned 1943 Recom. dated 15 Sept 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (163 hrs 55 min) in a tour from 19 May to 12 Sept 1944. On Aug 13th [his] aircraft was detailed for Gardening at La Rochelle
42 Christmas W/Co Beverly Evans "Bev" Born at S+t.Hilaire QE Joined RCAF 3 Jan 1939. P/O w/ 1 Can Sqd on 20 June 1940 arrival in UK. On 31 Aug 1940 flying a Hurricane I he claims a Bf-109 s/d SW of Gravesend. On 1 Sept 1940 flying a Hurricane I he claims a Do-17 damaged over Biggin Hill at 14:15. Promoted F/O On 11 Sept 1940 flying Hurricane I V6609/YO-X he claims a He-111 damaged S and E of Gatwick On 27 Sept 1940 flying Hurricane I V6609/YO-X he claims a Ju-88 shared s/d w/ F/O Brown and S/L McNab 15m S of Brooklands On 5 Oct 1940 flying Hurricane I V6609/YO-X he claims a Bf-109 s/d near Maidstone. Posted to 400 Sqd (ex- 110 RCAF Sqd) on 1 March 1941 flying Lysanters and Tomahawk. Sent to North Africa in Nov 1941 attached to RAF and South African Air Force; shot down in Jan 1942 but parachuted to safety. Attached to South African Air Force for liaison duties in South Africa itself May 1942. application for Operational Wings dated 11 Feb which indicates 80 hrs ten min flown with 1 (F) Sqd Jan 1940 to April 1941 Served w/ 403 Sqd May til 12 Sept 1941; Returned to Canada Posted S/L OC 133 RCAF Sqd at Boundary Bay flying P-40s on the west coast. In March 1942 posted to the Middle East w/ 4 SAAF Sqd on Tomahawks Then to 260 Sqd til 15 May 1942 returned to Canada in Aug 1942 Posted W/Co at Patricia Bay BC. To RCAF Staff College in Nov 1942 til June 1944 Posted to UK as Dty W/Co w/ 2 TAF After the war he was OC 4 Wing/1 Air Div from April 1955 til July 1957. Promoted Col. When he retired (March 1973) he was the last Battle of Britain veteran in the RCAF. Died 15 May 1988. ,
43 CochraneS/L Homer Powell DFC&B Brother of Arthur Joined RAF in Aug 1938 Posted Gladiator pilot w/ Sqd 112 in July 1939 in the Middle East. Moved to Greece * On 28 feb 1941 at 15:00 S/L Brown leads his Gladiators to patrol w/ Sqd 80 led by S/L Jones. W/Co Coote flies a Sqd 80 Gladiator. They meet bombers and CR-42s from 160th Gr G.50bis from 24th Gr. When the battle ended the RAF claims were 27 e/a s/d 6 probables 5 damaged. Actual losses were 8 s/d and several damaged. He claimed a CR-42 s/d. * On 9 March 1941 S/L Brown leads 15 Gladiators over Kelcyre and Tepelene. They intercept 30 G.50bis escorting BR-20s bombing the front lines. He claimed one e/f s/d. (actually the Italians reported one MC-200 was s/d and two BR-20s were damaged). * On 11 March 1941 he claims one G.50bis s/d during an escort for Sqd 211 Blenheims intercepted by the 24th Gr. * On 13 March 1941 S/L Brown leads 14 Gladiators over Kelcyre. They intercept S.79s from 104th Gr BT escorted by G.50Bis and CR-42s. He claimed three CR-42s s/d. (Only two CR-42s were s/d). * On 14 March 1941 his flight attacks Italian bombers from 47th and 38th Stormo BT. He claimed one G.50bis probably s/d near kelcyre. (italian losses were 2 fighters s/d and one damaged). Promoted S/L OC 112 Sqd in Oct 1941 Posted to 238 Hurricane Sqd To Staff work Scored 9 vict.,
44 CooperF/Sgt Frederick Terrance From Goderich Ont. Born in 1920 Served w/ 22 O.T.U. On 26 Aug 1943 part of a raid to Montargis they are s/d and kia. see Brown NC for details.,
45 DesbiensF/O Joseph George Hector From Toronto born in 1908 Served w/ 120 BR Sqd at Patricia Bay On 14 Aug 1940 flying a Northrop Delta he crashes. See Brown RG for details. ,
46 FarrellS/L Desmond William From Senneville Quebec born in 1915 Enlisted in Montreal 2 January 1940. Served w/ 407 Sqd On 6/7 June 1944 flying Wellington HQ149 w/ Nav F/Lt W.E.Brown Co-pilot F/O W.B.Johnson during an ASM patrol to protect the normandy landings. They were one of 7 canadian a/c lost on D-Day. 5 crews Mia. recommendation for a DFC dated 27 June 1944; this was turned down at Station Chivenor 1 July 1944 because it had been submitted after Farrell went missing. He had made attacks on U-boats on 22 December 1943 and 11 March 1944. ,
47 FryF/L Charles F. DFC Served w/ 112 Sqd in Egypt Posted to Greece on 4 Dec 1940 as detachment to 80 Sqd. By end jan 1941 he led 112 Sqd B Flight to Eleusis Greece. On 28 feb 1941 at 15:00 S/L Brown leads his Gladiators to patrol w/ No.80 Sqd led by S/L Jones. W/Co Coote flies a No.80 Sqd Gladiator. They meet bombers and CR-42s from 160th Gr G.50bis from 24th Gr. When the battle ended the RAF claims were 27 e/a s/d 6 probables 5 damaged. Actual losses were 8 s/d and several damaged. He claimed a G.50bis and a CR-42 s/d. On 4 March 1941 S/L Brown's Gladiators tangled w/ G.50bis and CR-42s. He claimed one G.50bis s/d. On 9 March 1941 S/L Brown leads 15 Gladiators over Kelcyre and Tepelene. They intercept 30 G.50bis escorting BR-20s bombing the front lines. He led his section after the low bombers forcing one to jettison. He claimed a Fighter s/d when engaged by the escort: MC 200 from 22nd Gr. On 11 March 1941 he claims one G.50bis probable and another damaged during an escort for Sqd 211 Blenheims intercepted by the 24th Gr. On 14 March 1941 leads his flight to attack Italian bombers from 47th and 38th Stormo BT. He claimed a BR-20 s/d north of kelcyre. (italian losses were 2 fighters s/d and one damaged). On 16 May 1941 a raid by 30 Bf-110s from I and II/ZG 26 arrives over Heraklion. flying hurricane V7857 he hit the Bf-110 piloted by Uffz Witzke who will have to ditch during the return to Argos. Fw Reinhardt gunner of the Bf-110 placed a good burst and Fry had to bale out getting bruised by the plane tail. On 28 May 1941 he is made Pow. Scored 6 vict.,
48 GonyonCapt Harold Harrison DFC Born in Chatham on 6 May 1896. Home in Wallaceburg Ont. (electrical engineer); Received ACA #518 on 28 June 1916 following trials at Curtiss School Newport News Virginia; Joined RNAS Ottawa on 30 June 1916 as S/Lt To Dover Seaplane Station on 2 Jan 1917; to Dover Seaplane Station on 19 Feb 1917; to Dunkirk Seaplane Station on 14 July 1917; Served w/ No.217 RAF Sqd on 18 Jan to 22 July 1918 On 3 April 1918 Capt Gonyon and Lt Brown flying DH-4s for an ASM patrol and bomb a german submarine claiming it sunk at 16:10 w/ two 230lbs bombs. On 30 May 1918 he is wia; to Home Establishment on 22 July 1918 Posted to No.233 RAF Sqd. ,
49 HillsSgt George Gresham Stanley From Port Arthur ON Born in 1916 Served w/ 98 Sqd On 17 June 1940 while being evacuated from Dunkirk on SS Lancastrian the ship is sunk by Stukas. He is Kia. The Stuka is then s/d by P/O MH Brown.,
50 JohnstonF/O William Phoenix From New Westminster BC. Born in 1922 Served w/ 407 Sqd On 7 June 1944 flying a Wellington they are reported Mia. See F/Lt WH Brown for details.,
51 LamontagneGilles Served w/ 425 Sqd On 12/13 March 1943 Part of the 2nd raid against Essen (457 bombers 23 losses) flying Lancaster BK340. Returning over holland they were s/d by a Ju-88 near Spaabruck. All crews were able to bale out. (Sgt J Aumont and Rolly Goulet were severely wia Nav Bud brown BA Vince Gauthier; all Pow,
52 LisleF/Sgt John Brown From Colombus OH. Born in 1921 Served w/ 30 Sqd On 20 April 1942 flying Hurricane JGN91 he looses control in the slipstream of another a/c and crashes near Kanatta Ceylon. Kifa. ,
53 LongF/O Arthur Bebbington From Saskatoon Born in 1920 Served w/ 420 Sqd On 15 Aug 1943 flying a Wellington from Malta they are reported Mia. See F/O Arthur Brown for details.,
54 Maye (name is May. See explanation in Search Tips)Capt Wilfred R.Wop DFC OBE Born in 1898 in Edmonton. Posted to No.209 RAF Sqd w/ Cpt BROWN's flight flying Camel. On 21 April 1918 he had a shot at a triplane and his guns jammed. Soon he is chased by Richthofen himself. Brown flew to help him. Soon also May was hit by the red barron in the arm. FtCdr; He is wia on 8 Aug 1918 Scored 13 vict in WW1 After the war he rents a Curtiss jenny from the City of Edmonton for 25$ and form the May Airplane Ltd. He barnstorms around the province. In Jan 1929 w/ Vic Homer aboard an Avro Avian they fly 6 000 doses of anti-dyphteria serum. It took 3 days in extremely cold weather to get to Fort Vermillion. He flew throughout Canada. Helped set up the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. He died in 1952.,
55 McNab Ernest A. "Ernie" DFC G/C Joins RCAF in 1926 w/ No.1(401) RCAF Sqd B of B 35 y/o. On 16 Sept 1939 ferry and test Hurric 329 from Toronto to St Hubert. On 1 Nov 1939 takes command of the Sqd. S/L No.1 RCAF Sqd shipped to UK in June 1940 B of B at Middle wallop on 21 June 1940. On 11 Aug 1940 while attached to No.111 Sqd he claims a Do-17 s/d over westgate-on-the sea. On 24 Aug 1940 he leads the unit to intercept a raid on Portsmouth two of his sections s/d two Blenheims from No.235 Sqd On 26 Aug 1940 he leads the unit to attack 24 Do-17s he claims a Do-17 damaged but he is s/d and force-lands safely after combat. On 4 Sept 1940 leads 11 hurricanes to intercept a Me-110 circle. (They claimed 2 Me-110s s/d 1 probable and 5 damaged). On 7 Sept 1940 take off alone and claims a Bf-109 probably s/d over Maidstone. On 9 Sept 1940 intercepting bombers in the Guilford area he claims a Bf-109 damaged. (the unit claimed 1 Bf-109 s/d and 3 damaged; for the loss of one pilot (from No.110 Sqd) s/d and wia). On 11 Sept 1940 damages a He-111 On 15 Sept 1940 s/d a He-111 at 14:00. On 27 Sept 1940 shared a Ju-88 w/ F/O Brown and Christmas s/d a Me-110. Awarded DFC on 4 Oct 1940. Promoted W/Co Posted away on 12 Nov 1940. On 16 sept 1942 posted G/C OC Station Cdr RCAF Digby.,
56 RossFLt Arthur Stuart F/O Typhoon pilot w/ No.609 Sqd On 5 Oct 1943 part of a strafing raid near Paris. He is credited w/ a Bf-110 damaged on the ground. Then he claims a Ju-88 shared s/d south of paris. On 4 Dec 1943 Fighter suppression to support B-17s over Holland. Ross claim a Do-217 s/d near Endhoven plus a Do-217 shared s/d w/ Sgt Henrion and another Do-217 shared s/d w/ S/L Thornton-Brown. Posted to No.193 Sqd as FtCdr On 29 April 1944 Ross and F/O Porter claim a Leo-45 s/d between le Mans and Tours.,
57 WhelanAVM Roger James DSO DFC&B OBE From Saskatoon Joined RAF in Sept 1937 P/O Posted to No.18 Blenheim Sqd in sept 1939 P/O On 11 May 1940 flying Blenheim IV L9192 w/ Sgt Moncey & LAC Brown they are sent on a recce of the Albert Canal at 10:00 they are hit by flak and force-land at Vitry. On 17 May 1940 he is s/d and crash-lands in France. Posted to 680 Spitfire PRU Sqd in 1943 in the Middle East He was in more a/c crashes than anyone on record Remained in RAF postwar,
58 BrownP/O Hugh Card From Cardston AB Commissioned in early 1941 Hurricane pilot w/ No.133 RAF Sqd at Kirton-in-Lindsey flying convoy patrols On 16 March 1942 his Spitfire was s/d during a sweep Kia.,
59 BrownS/L William Russell AFC No.3 Training Command Headquarters Born in Woodstock Ont 18 Dec 1918 Flying instructor and Sqd commander No.1 Air Command Headquarters had flown 1 563 hrs (1 300 as instructor
60 BrownF/Lt William Wood Lindsay Born on 18 aug 1916 Joins RCAF in Oct 1940 Trained and promoted Sgt posted to UK in Aug 1941 Commissionned in Oct 1942 Served as Ftcdr w/ 441 Sqd in june 1944 On 22 June 1944 flying Spitfire IXb MK992 he claims a Fw-190 shared s/d SE of Domfront On 17 July 1944 flying Spitfire Ixb NH398 he claims two Fw-190s s/d SW of Verneuil. On 13 Aug 1944 flying Spitfire NH178 for a recce to Flers he is s/d by flak and kia E of Vire.
61 BrownF/Lt W.W. Posted Adjt w/ No.11 Army Co-op Sqd in 1934 til 1936 ,
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63 BrownFg.Off. Richard Cyril Joseph Brown, J 20148, 414 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) - Story courtesy of Anne Brown, daughter-in-law of Fg.Off. Brown

Flying Officer (Fg.Off.) Richard Cyril Joseph Brown, who earned the nicknames of “Dick” and “Sid”, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on the 12th February 1921. He volunteered for service with the RCAF and commenced training on the 28th April 1942 at #21 Elementary Flight Training School (EFTS), RCAF Station Chatham in New Brunswick. He continued his flight training at a number of other establishments: #2 Service Flight Training School (SFTS) RCAF Station Uplands in Ottawa; #16 EFTS RAF Burnaston in Derbyshire, England; #17 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit ((P) AFU) RAF Watton in Norfolk, England; #41 Operational Training Unit (OTU) at RAF Hawarden in Flintshire, Wales. On completion of his training, he was posted to 414 Fighter Reconnaissance (Recce) Squadron (Sqn) (unofficially known as the “Black Knight Sqn” or the “Sarnia Imperials”) at RAF Croydon on the 3rd August 1943.

Predominantly flying the North American P-51 Mustang Mk 1 Fg.Off. Brown conducted armed Recce sorties over occupied northern France. As cited in THE RCAF OVERSEAS - THE FIFTH YEAR “The month ended (31st October 1943) with a noteworthy low-level sortie by Lou May and Fg.Off. Brown of the Imperials, who caught a Yale* training plane bearing German markings and crashed it into a clump of bushes south of Paris. … Then the two Mustangs shot down a second Ju-88 in flames into a ploughed field. Following this it was Jerry’s turn when May and Brown were bounced by two Fw-190s which chased them ineffectually for 15 minutes.” As Fg.Off. Brown states in his flight Log, “while the Rhubarb** clocked some victories, the latter chase was too close for comfort”.

* The NAA-64 P-2 “Yale” was built for the French Armée de l'Air and Aéronavale in 1939–1940. More than 100 had been delivered before France surrendered to the Germans after the Battle of France. The designation NAA-64 P-2 was abbreviated from "North American Aviation modèle 64 perfectionnement, 2 seats".

** Fighter sorties to search for targets of opportunity such as railway locomotives and rolling stock, aircraft on the ground, enemy troops, and vehicles on roads.

In 1944, the Sqn became part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force (TAF) and in June 1944 was serving with No. 39 (Recce) Wing, operating from RAF Odiham in Hampshire and undertook sorties on behalf of the army over the front lines. The Sqn was very active from January to June 1944, flying missions into France to photograph various enemy positions and airfields in preparation for D-Day on the 6th June 1944. This was a key part of D-Day preparation. On D-Day, Fg.Off. Brown with Fg.Off. Garry as his #2 carried out a recce mission in the Malon-Alençon area, and spotted tanks at Epinol. As Fg.Off. Brown records in his Flight Log, he “destroyed (an) armored car when he opened fire on me.” On this historic day, both pilots returned to base from this sortie unscathed.

On a sortie a few days later on the 14th June 1944 Fg.Off. Brown’s Mustang AP205 was hit by flak. As he recounts in his journal, “I took my photographs and was just reaching down to turn off the camera when the whole instrument panel seemed to explode in my face. The cockpit at once seemed to be full of flames and it became unbearably hot. … The aircraft was out of control; it must have been a direct hit. There was nothing to do but bale out …”. As recorded in the last entry of his flight log on the 14th June 1944, by Sqn.Ldr. Charles H. “Smokey” Stover, DFC, his Commanding Officer, “Fg.Off. Brown’s a/c hit and he was seen to bail out near Villes Bocage, by Fg.Off. Garry”.

Villes Bocage was behind enemy lines. While he survived the crash, Fg.Off. Brown was not out of harm’s way. Over a three day period, he dodged the enemy filled roads by travelling stealthily at night and surviving through the generosity of farmers. But within 1 km of the front lines, his luck ran out and he was captured. On the 17th June 1944 he began his time as a PoW. From the Villes Bocage area, he was marched or transported by truck or boxcar with other PoWs through France, Belgium, Germany and finally to Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia, Germany, now Żagań in Poland. He remained at this camp from the 17th August 1944 until the 7th February 1945. As the Allied forces were advancing, the Germans fell into retreat with the Stalag Luft 3 PoW’s being relocated to Stalag 13d at Nürnberg and then to Stalag 7a Moosburg in Bavaria. It was on the 29th April 1945 that an American tank rolled into Moosburg to announce that the PoWs were free at last. Fg.Off. Brown was transported by train and by air, finally returning to RAF Dunsfold on the 12th May 1945, almost one full year after he was shot down.

Fg.Off. Brown left the RCAF and returned to his civilian job at Imperial Tobacco where he had a successful 43 year career. He married his “girl back home”, Rita. They had two children, Mary and Rick. And they lived a life filled with family, work, Florida vacations and golf. Sid Brown passed away on the 23rd July 2005 at 84 years of age.
64 BrownSgt Kenneth William Born in Moose Jaw Aug 1920 Overseas in No.44 Sqd. Stayed with No.617 Sqd to May 1944. Postwar RCAF (S/L rank) in Winter Experimental Establishment No.408 Sqd. On the night of 16th May 1943 he flew ED918/AJ-F (Nav Sgt Heal FE Sgt Feneron Bomb Sgt Oancia Radio Sgt Hewstone Fgu Sgt Allatson Rgu Sgt MacDonald) in a force of Lancaster bombers was detailed to attack the Moehne Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany. The operation was one of great difficulty and hazard demanding a high degree of skill and courage and close co-operation between the crews of the aircraft engaged. Nevertheless a telling blow was struck at the enemy by the successful breaching of the Moehne and Eder dams. This outstanding success reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of the above mentioned personnel who participated in the operation in various capacities as members of aircraft crew.,
65 Stanger Stanley 'Stan' Born 10 July Montreal, died 10 Sep 1967 1894. Ace. Captain Stanley Stanger was a World War I flying ace credited with 13 confirmed aerial victories scored on the Italian Front. He was also noted for his ingenious escape from being captured by the Austro-Hungarians. Stanley Stanger was an investment broker when he volunteered in Toronto for the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 21 March 1916. He claimed a year's prior military service in the Westmount Rifles with the rank of Sergeant. His mother Mary was named as his next of kin. He was five feet six inches tall at time of enlistment. He had dark brown hair, brown eyes, and dark complexion. Stanger was commissioned on 10 May 1917. He joined 66 Squadron in France as a Sopwith Camel pilot on 18 October 1917. Shortly thereafter, the squadron relocated to Italy. At Ormelle on 14 December 1917, Stanger forced down an Albatros D.V out of control for his first victory. He would score twice more with 66 Squadron, destroying two foes a month apart, on 18 March and 17 April 1918. On 27 April 1918, he transferred to 28 Squadron. He shot down opposing two-seater reconnaissance planes on 2, 3, and 13 May, becoming an ace in the process. He continued to score, and by the end of July, he was a double ace. On 23 August 1918, he was wounded in action by anti-aircraft fire. His wounds grounded him until 20 September. On 26 September 1918, he scored his eleventh win, sharing it with Clifford MacKay McEwen. Stanger then destroyed a pair of Albatros D.Vs over the Tagliamento River on 4 October to finish his victories. He ended up with a record of three enemy planes set afire in midair, another nine destroyed while in flight, and one driven down out of control. Stanger fell ill while he was aloft on one of his October sorties. He landed on a handy airfield and shut down his plane's engine before realizing he had landed on an Austro-Hungarian strip. His only chance to escape any enemy soldiers investigating the racket of an untimely landing was to restart his engine and fly away. The customary method for starting an engine was for a ground crew member to yank the propeller as a lever to crank the engine, while a pilot sat at the controls. Stanger's solution was to remove his boots and chock the landing gear tires with the footwear. He then cranked the prop, started the engine, circled about the rotating blades, clambered into the cockpit, and departed. The fate of the boots is unknown. Stanger returned to the family business in Canada. He rose to President of that firm, Guardian Trust Company of Montreal, in 1939, and remained in that position until a few months prior to his death.
Citations: Military Cross Lt. (T./Capt.) Stanley Stanger, R.A.F. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to; duty in destroying six enemy aeroplanes. He did splendid service. Distinguished Flying Cross Lieut. (A./Capt.) Stanley Stanger, M.C. (ITALY) A dashing and determined leader who has frequently engaged enemy formations .in superior numbers, inflicting heavy casualties. On 4 October he, in company with another machine, engaged six enemy aeroplanes; three of these were destroyed, Captain Stanger accounting for two. In all he has destroyed five enemy machines, displaying on all occasions great courage and skill. (M.C. gazetted 16 September 1918.)

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