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Brown, Douglas Stewart (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1943-June-15

Birth Date: 1922 (age 21)

Home: Leaside, Ontario

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Pro Libertate (For freedom)
Pilot Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
106 Squadron (Pro Libertate). Target - Oberhausen, Germany. Lancaster aircraft R 5551 was shot down by 0.Lt Geiger in a German ME-110 night fighter aircraft using upward firing guns. P/O Brown attempted to land his damaged aircraft in a field at Tenet, Holland but hit some trees and the aircraft was destroyed. Six RAF members of the crew were also killed. One Canadian, P/O R. Pegg bailed out and was taken Prisoner of War. 0.Lt Geiger was a German night fighter ace credited with destroying 53 four engine aircraft. He was killed on Sep 29/43. There were two 106 Sqdn. aircraft lost this night. Ex P/O Pegg of Oxbow, Saskatchewan had this to say about the trip, "We were hit by a night fighter so bad that Doug Brown ordered a bail out. I grabbed the escape hatch on the floor and jumped with two guys right behind me ready to go. No one else got out, and I don't know why, as Doug kept the aircraft fairly level when I got out. I landed O.K. and the Lanc. crashed a mile from me which was just over a mile north of Arnhem. We had an extra navigator on board for experience. This was not usual, as pilots usually went along for their first trip. All seven of my crew were buried in a small cemetery in Arnhem. P/O Brown's parents had his remains moved to the Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery.

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Pilot Officer Douglas Stewart Brown was exhumed and reburied.

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I R5551

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I R5551

ZNRAF RoundelV

Delivered to No. 97, no operations. Transferred to No. 106 Sqn (ZN-V) May1942. Took part in numerous operations, including the 1000-bomber raid on Essen 1/2 Jun 1943. It dropped the first 8,000 lb bomb on Turin (operation flown by W/C G.P. Gibson). Missing on operation to Oberhausen 14/15 Jun 1943. 365 operational hours.

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Pro Libertate

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