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Fg Offr Robert BROWN (173108) of the RAFVR

Awards for Robert BROWN 173108

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1944-12-08DFCFg OffrRobert BROWN (173108)218 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 36831, Dated 1944-12-08
1943-02-05DFMFlt SgtRobert BROWN (952445)78 Sqdn
In various capacities, as members of aircraft crew the following personnel have displayed great determination in attacks against targets in enemy occupied territory London Gazette No. 35891, Dated 1943-02-05

London Gazette Entries

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NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
173108952445 Robert BROWNLondon Gazette issue : 36472 , Dated 1944-04-14 , Download #36472
173108R BROWNLondon Gazette supplement : 36692 , Dated 1944-09-05 , Download #36692

Evader Details for Robert BROWN 952445

RankName, NumberDetailsDate of LossUnit
SgtR BROWN (952445) EvaderHalifax II W7782 1942-09-0878 Sqdn

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/17906Flight Lieutenant P Tippetts-Aylmer, Sergeant G R Yeates (RCAF), Pilot Officer E W T Gibbs: killed; Sergeant T S Brandon (RCAF), Sergeant E T H Hodge: prisoner of war; Sergeant J A Winterbottom, Sergeant R Brown: missing now safe; Halifax W7782, 7 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from operational flight over Frankfurt, Germany, 9 September 1942.C17685496

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 08 Sep 42 Aircraft: Halifax II W7782 Unit 78 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Belgium
DetailsTook off 1935 8 Sept 1942 from Middleton St.George.
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerEdgar William Thomas GIBBS (118662) Air Gunner Halifax II W7782  IBCC 1942-09-0878 Sqdn AIR27 BelgiumHeverlee War Cemetery
Flight LieutenantPhilip Hampden TIPPETTS-AYLMER (41333) Pilot Halifax II W7782  IBCC 1942-09-0878 Sqdn AIR27 BelgiumHeverlee War Cemetery
Flight SergeantGeorge Reginald YEATES (R/118035) Air Gunner Halifax II W7782  IBCC 1942-09-0878 Sqdn AIR27 BelgiumHeverlee War Cemetery

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