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The Airmen's Stories - F/O R C Brown

 

Ronald Clifford Brown was born on 18th September 1920 and educated at Dulwich College. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1939. With his training completed, he joined 229 Squadron at Digby on 6th October 1939.

Over Dunkirk on 29th May 1940 he claimed a Me109 destroyed.

 

 

Above: 229 Squadron - L to R: DuVivier, Smith WA, Bright, Mitchell RR, Ravenhill, Bary, Linney,

Brown RC, Merryweather

 

Brown later served with 111 Squadron. On 18th August 1940, together with Sgt. WL Dymond, he shot down Do17 F1+DT of 9/KG76. The aircraft came down at Leaves Green near Biggin Hill, the crew survived and were made PoW.

He claimed a Me109 destroyed on 15th October.

He damaged a Fw190 over Dunkirk on 25th April 1942.

He spent the last few months of the war in hospital after injuring his knee playing for the RAF in a rugby match.

Brown was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Squadron Leader and died on 19th March 1988 aged 67.

 

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There is a related print (below) 'Eagle Day' by the noted aviation artist Geoff Nutkins, details here

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