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Corporal Henry BROWN (634876) of the Royal Air Force


 AIR81/8743

Death of Death 1941-08-30 .

Served in 73 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : 6. F. 2. at Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya

More Details: SON OF STANLEY AND EMILY BROWN; HUSBAND OF KATE PRISCILLA BROWN, OF BOGNOR REGIS, SUSSEX.

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AIR81/198Leading Aircraftman E A Jones, Sergeant P H Brown and Sergeant S H Stafford: interned by Dutch Authorities at Fort De Kock, Sumatra, 8 April 1940; Blenheim L1101 force landed at Sabang, Dutch East Indies; released and returned to unit, 14 May 1940.C14142023
AIR81/868Sergeant R H Brown, Sergeant W Dixon and Sergeant H G J Gannaway: missing presumed dead; Blenheim N3627 failed to return from air operations over the Norwegian Coast and Trondheim, 12 June 1940.C14502514
AIR81/1415Acting Flight Lieutenant M H Brown: injured; Hurricane P3047 in air operations, 15 August 1940.C14503000
AIR81/3808Sergeant J H Brown: killed; Sergeant R G Young, Sergeant J A Ferguson, Sergeant E A G Rands: missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from operational flight over Germany, Hampden X2973, 144 Squadron, 17 October 1940. With photograph.C16687906
AIR81/3867Pilot Officer E H Brown, Sergeant L F P Adlam, Sergeant M C Caryll-de-Tilkin: killed; Sergeant C S C Green: died of injuries; Sergeant R E Langfield: injured; crash landing on return from air operations over enemy territory, Whitley T4171, 58 Squadron, 21 October 1940.C16687965

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N° 1 PRU aircrafthello, It would help a lot if Gildas could give more details about the dig and what was recovered. From my own experience, we always find 0.303 ammos on crashsites (on planes armed with Browning machineguns obviously). In the last two Merlins we uncovered, we were not able to tie-up the engine number to a specific airframe, due to lack of records. Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust was very helpful, but they can't provide what they don't have. In the first case, they could tell the Merlin III was delivered as a replacement unit, and indeed, on the Form 78 for the plane, a different serial number was recorded, which was the engine fitted on the factory line. The strange point was this Hurricane was lost with less than 10 flying hours ! We were able to identify the plane through a little plate with the serial number, braced on a tubular frame, on the left hand side of the cockpit. The second was a Merlin XII, and RRHT could only said when it was delivered to Castle Bromwich, but not on which particuliar Spitfire II it was fitted. I was able to find a part of the name of the Spitfire on a cowling part, as she was a subscription machine. I have seen on very few documents a tie-up of plane serial number with engine serial number. They're usually given in form 1180s (accident cards, at Hendon), but clearly, this is not the case here. VoyTech, can you tell me where you located this information (Form 78s ?) or else ? Thanks in advance Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 3rd February 2009 10:13:58
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421114 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 14-11-1942Hi Henk Ancestry has changed it's website and it is more difficult to find a specific name but here goes!! Coonan,36, registered at Fylde ,Lancashire Gladys Heath,23, registered at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire Sidell,22, registered at Welshpool, Montgomeryshire Trout,38, registered at Market Bosworth,Leicestershire. Desford (K4261) is in the M Bosworth area Maguire,30, registered at Aldershot, Hampshire Mallett,22, registered at Anglesey West Mason,20, registered at Grantham and W Kesteven, Lincolnshire I couldn' find Brown or Fisher but there was an Albert E H Brown,18, registered at Essex S W Warner's Blenheim records that W/O F McDaniel and crew were uninjured on Z6074 Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 18th December 2009 01:55:58
430121 - Unaccounted airmen - 21-1-1943Henk, Re: F/O Douglas HUNTER - 122133. I have the following crew for No.179 Squadron, Wellington VIII HX690: (Alpha order) AUS403021 P/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Herbert Eldon BEALE MiD RAAF + 1107562 Sgt John Henry BROWN RAFVR + CAN J/9641 F/O Brian Withers CARMICHAEL RCAF + AUS402658 F/O Terence Harry GORDON-GLASSFORD MiD RAAF + 144013 P/O George Edward HARVEY RAFVR + 121472 F/O John Saynor HUSTLER MiD RAFVR + BEALE - Killed in Action - Buried Bone War Cemetery, Annaba VII.F.18 Others - Missing - Commemorated on the Malta Memorial Flight April 8, 1943. pp.377-8 Cas. Comm. No.218 HUNTER is not mentioned in the above Flight listing, nor is he mentioned in the Item Notes of BEALE or GORDON-GLASSFORD. What happened to HUNTER? Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 6th March 2010 10:29:03
430121 - Unaccounted airmen - 21-1-1943Henk, Through the good graces of Adrian Read, I can now impart the following on the loss of No.179 Sqn Wellington VIII HX690: 21/22-1-1943 No.179 Sqn Wellington VIII HX690 (Leigh-Light equipped). Took off from Gibraltar 22:00-22:20 (files unclear on this point), on 21-1-1943 for a night anti-submarine patrol over the Mediterranean. HX690 was carrying 4 depth charges, IFF and ASV. Aircraft was under observation for 66 miles from take-off. No further sight or radio transmissions from aircraft, which failed to return. Presumed shot down when attacking a U-boat. Crew: AUS402658 F/O (Capt.) Terence Harry GORDON-GLASSFORD RAAF + 1377534 Sgt (2nd Pilot) George Edward HARVEY RAFVR + 121472 F/O (Nav.) John Saynor HUSTLER RAFVR + 1107562 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) John Henry BROWN RAFVR + CAN J/9641 F/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Brian Withers CARMICHAEL RCAF + AUS403021 P/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Herbert Eldon BEALE RAAF + (also mentioned as 'Obs.'). Beale's body was washed ashore 3 weeks later, on 12 February 1943, at Port des Ruines Saintes, 25km east of Philippville, Algeria. His body was recovered by No.254 Squadron. (Beale was initially buried in Philippville Cemetery, later re-interred in Bone War cemetery). Gordon-Glassford, Beale and Hustler were later MiD. Adrian could find no mention of 122133 F/O Douglas HUNTER RAF, in the files of Beale, or Gordon-Glassford. So the question of what happened to F/O Hunter, is still very much up in the air! I would like to thank Adrian Read for his hard work on this one. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 18th March 2010 01:55:17
Pyke, Laurence Cuthbert Raaf (406792)Malcolm, 216sqdn Hudson stalled and crashed on take-off Khanka Airfield 04/11/42, F/Lt R.T Bradshaw. P/O F.V Browne, RAAF. 406637 Sgt A Macdonald. Sgt M.O Brown All killed. F/O Pyke died of injuries 08/11 according to file. A search on NAA with Brownes service number reveals his 705 file is open for details. Just noticed there were 3 LAC'S on board as well....... F. Holland...killed. C. Ironmonger, died of injuries. G.M. Paulger, minor burns and shock. ....Read More.AlanW on 26th March 2010 04:11:51
Lancaster HK594-via Swedish researcher (75 Sqn)You might like this for the pictures which are mentioned: http://www.arkeologiuv.se/cms/arkeologi ... _1944.html which in very unwieldy English (courtesy of Google) is: Svensköp 1944 Mission Szczecin On the afternoon of August 29 had a mechanic put the team in order to Lancaster bomber HK594. The bombs were loaded and the ammunition to the guns tape and laid in boxes. Ground staff had done everything possible to "their" flygargrabbar would get the best possible conditions to survive the night's mission. Lancaster was part of the New Zealand 75 squadron, but crews were generally from all possible corners of the British Empire. The goal of the night's bombing was the North German city of Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland). Pilot: Flight Sergeant Don A. King, S. Flight engineer: Sergeant J. P. Callahan Bombardier: Flight Sergeant J. Fitzgerald Navigator: Flight Sergeant W. D. Watson Radio operator: Sergeant C. B. Hill Tower Sniper: Sergeant Don D. L. Moon Acts Sagittarius: Sergeant H. W. Causley Avro Lancaster, RAF, with a crew of seven. It produced more than 7000 such bombers, of which about half were lost during war. Above the North Sea they tested guns and the course took over the squadron into Denmark and the first German anti-aircraft positions. HK594 came unscathed through this barrier and flew in over the Swedish territory. The next change of course would be of Bornholm, but so far not had time. German night hunting in the area and operated at 2000 meters above the Swedish coast of the projectiles hit the plane from machine guns. The head was Ystad Corporal Henry Nilsson, staring up at the pitch black night sky. Anti-aircraft batteries had shot guns and eldtillstånd frantically against invisible targets. Bangs from 7.5-inch gun was deafening, and one of his gunners ran the blood from his ears. Messerschmitt Bf 110-aircraft guns ragged cuts of Lancaster tail section and made heavy levers. Causley, who manned the rear machine gun, were hit and died instantly likely. King had major problems controlling the aircraft and eyewitnesses saw the machine in a wide arc swung back into the Swedish soil. The pilot wanted to improve the chances if the men were forced to abandon the Lancaster, but at that moment the German night fighter, made a new attack. The crew was ordered out of the burning plane while King sat there and tried to keep the fully loaded bomber reasonably stable. As a pilot, it was his duty to give their peers the best possible starting position for the jump. In all but the dead aft shooter was out, also made it out of Lancaster. He triggered the parachute and floated down to the ground while the unmanned bomber plane continued its journey in the darkness. Map of HK594's approximate flight route, the German attacks, the crew uthopp in parachuting and impact site in Svensköp. The black larger aircraft symbol and the line, from Denmark to Skåne's south coast and on to Bornholm and back into the Scania, shows Lancaster ....Read More.Oggie2620 on 19th May 2010 10:58:52
430505 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 5-5-1943What were the places of death registration for: A - Died on active service: LACW Rose H. ARMITAGE - 2057882. B - Not found in Flight Global: Sgt (WOp/Ag) Anthony J. DAVIES - 1289772 - 5 (C)OTU - death due to drowning during war ops.; body found 5-6-1943 in the Hebridean Sea, and AC1 Frank D. WATSON - 846871 - age 51. C - Looking for unit and cause of death of following airmen commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial (may be same crew as Sgt Davies, mentioned under B): Sgt Kenneth BROWN - 1219055 - Panel 144; Sgt Harry S. HOBBS - 1446460 - Panel 153, and Sgt William D. KEEN - 1338195 - Panel 155. D - Looking for GRO-listing of: Cpl Bernard D. GOUGH - RAAF 16888 - age 40 - DOAS - buried Fayid War Cem., Egypt. Regards and thanks for your help. Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 27th May 2010 09:50:31

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