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Thread: NZ41226 Flt Sgt Martin Kenneth Brown, RNZAF, POW

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    Default NZ41226 Flt Sgt Martin Kenneth Brown, RNZAF, POW

    According to a 43 Sqn history by Andy Saunders the above 'baling out' of his Spitfire when shot down off Sicily on 18 Jun 43.

    Beedle's 43 Sqn history simply states that Brown 'finished [up] in his dinghy'.

    Air-Britain has Brown's Spitfire VC ES355 as 'ditched'.

    Does anyone know for certain the nature of Brown's descent and arrival in the oggin?

    The Italian's got to Brown before Malta's ASR could and so he ended up a PoW for the remainder of the war.

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Source: "Spitfires over Sicily" (Cull/Malizia/Galea), page 81:
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    Elsewhere, Messerschmitts engaged a patrol from 43 Squadron, Fw Reiter of 5./JG53 shooting down Flt Sgt M.K. Brown RNZAF who was similarly seen to bale out of his crippled aircraft (ES355/FT-S). Sqn. Ldr Mackie of 243 Squadron observed one of the downed pilots, apparently Brown, climb into his dinghy about 15 miles south of Pozzalo. He orbited the dinghy and radioed Malta its position before returning to Hal Far".
    UNQUOTE.
    BROWN was in camp 4C (Wistritz near Teplitz), Poland with PoW Nr. 251024.

    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Thanks Henk, appreciated.

    Errol

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