The Airmen's Stories - F/O D D Brown
F/O De Peyster Douw Brown, an American citizen, was born in December 1915 in Pennsylvania, USA and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force claiming to be of Canadian nationality on 9th September 1939. As such he was posted to 112 (RCAF) Squadron.
On arrival in England he was sent to 5 OTU Aston Down to convert to Hurricanes and then to 1 (RCAF) Squadron at Northolt on 2nd September 1940.
On 27th September 1940 he claimed a Ju88 destroyed and shared another.
On 5th October he was badly shot up in combat with Me109's but nevertheless pursued one into cloud, being later credited with a 'damaged'. His own aircraft crashed on landing back at Northolt but he was uninjured.
He transferred to the newly-formed 'Eagle' squadrons of the US Army Air Force in England on 25th May 1942.
Brown died in Santa Maria, California on 3rd August 1991.
The American volunteers that flew with the RAF in the Battle are the subject of a book "The Few" by Alex Kershaw ISBN 978-0-718-14746-4