The Airmen's Stories - P/O A W Brown
Archibald Wilkinson Brown was born on 21st December 1904 in Beverley, Yorkshire. He was awarded Aero Certificate 13176 at Hull Aero Club on 24th August 1935. His occupation was recorded as 'AA Patrolman'.
Brown was commissioned as a direct-entry Air Gunner in April 1940 and, after a gunnery course, was posted to 25 Squadron at North Weald on 1st June. Despite his civil licence he may have been considered too old for pilot training by the standards at the time.
Brown was attached to COS from 15th July to 9th August. On 14th September 1940 he was flying with P/O MJ Herrick in a night sortie over London. They intercepted and shot down a He111. It crashed at Newmans End, near Sheering, Essex.
His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.
Brown died in 1997.