Brown, Arthur Roy
Canadian flying ace credited with shooting down Manfred von Richthofen more famously known as "The Red Baron".
Arthur "Roy" Brown Born in Carleton Place, Ontario on December 23 1893 Died in Stouffville, Ontario on March 9 1944 Credited with shooting down Baron Manfred von Richthofen aka "The Red Baron" in 1918. Distinguished service Cross recipient
Apparentley the tail of von Richthofen's plane is on display at Toronto's Royal Military Institute.
Distinguished Service Cross citation:
Act. Flt.-Lieut; (now Flt.-Lieut.) Arthur Roy Brown, R.N.A.S.
For the excellent work he has done on active service.
On the 3rd September, 1917, he attacked a two-seater Aviatik, in company with his flight. The enemy machine was seen to dive down vertically, the enemy observer falling over on the side of the fuselage shot.
On the 5th September, 1917, in company with formation, he attacked an Albatross scout and two-seater, driving them away from our lines. One machine was observed to go down apparently out of control.
On the 15th September, 1917, whilst on patrol, he dived on two Aviatiks and three Albatross scouts, followed by his flight. He dived several times and picked out one enemy scout, firing about 200 rounds, when the enemy machine went down out of control, spinning on its back.
On the 20th September, 1917, whilst leading his flight, he dived on five Albatross scouts. Flt.-Lieut. Brown picked out one enemy machine and opened fire. One of his guns jambed, but he carried on with the other. The enemy machine went down out of control and over on its back, and remained in that position for about thirty seconds, whilst Flt.-Lieut. Brown continued firing until his other gun jambed. The enemy machine then disappeared in the clouds, still on its back.
Another officer of the same patrol was later followed by four enemy machines, as he was separated from the formation. Both Flt.-Lieut. Brown's guns were jambed, but he dived on the enemy machines and drove them off, thus undoubtedly saving the pilot's life.
Distinguished Service Cross Bar citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 21 April 1918, while leading a patrol of six scouts he attacked a formation of twenty hostile scouts. He personally engaged two Fokker triplanes, which he drove off; then, seeing that one of our machines was being attacked and apparently hard pressed, he dived on the hostile scout, firing the while. This scout, a Fokker triplane, nose dived and crashed to the ground. Since the award of the Distinguished Service Cross, he has destroyed several other enemy aircraft and has shown great dash and enterprise in attacking enemy troops from low altitudes despite heavy anti-aircraft fire.
His interment location is unknown. If you know where Roy Brown is interred, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Find-a-Grave reports: Burial: Unknown Specifically: Originally buried at Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, Ontario, Canada-moved to Toronto(location unknown) The Aerodrome.com reports his final resting place as the Stouffville Cemetery. We have investigated Stouffville and spoken with the manager and there is no record of Arthur Roy Brown at the Stouffville Cemetery.