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The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. G A Brown


George Alfred Brown was born in India on 6th July 1912 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in April 1937.

After elementary flying at 13 E&RFTS White Waltham he was posted to 5 FTS Sealand on 17th July 1937. On completion of the course Brown went to SHQ Duxford. He joined 66 Squadron there on 30th January 1939.



Brown was posted away to 253 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey in May 1940. He made a forced-landing near Maidstone on 30th August in Hurricane P3802, following combat with Me109s. Brown was admitted to Preston Hall Hospital, wounded in the shoulder and with shell splinters in the legs.

In October 1940 Brown was posted to 71 (Eagle) Squadron, then being formed at Church Fenton, as 'A' Flight Commander. He was posted away on 1st August 1941 to command 133 (Eagle) Squadron, then forming at Coltishall.

In November 1941 he went to a staff job at HQ Fighter Command and was awarded the DFC (gazetted 26th December 1941).

Brown was posted later to 55 OTU Annan as CFI. He was on the staff at HQ Eastern Mediterranean at Alexandria, commanded RAF Gaza and in 1945 commanded RAF Nicosia.

Brown stayed in the RAF postwar, retiring on 6th July 1962 as a Group Captain.

From 1962 to 1967 he was Regional Liaison Officer with Wales ATC and from 1967 to 1977 he was their Commandant.

Brown died in 1998.


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