Flight Sergeant WILLIAM MCINTOSH BROWN

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Rank Flight Sergeant
Forenames WILLIAM MCINTOSH
Surname BROWN
Initials W M
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Tuesday, 07 September 1943
Age 21
Nationality Canadian
Residence or Entered Service From ESSEX, ONTARIO, CANADA
Service Number R/128905
Force Royal Canadian Air Force
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 428 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location H. 62.
Previous Place(s) of Burial LES VERTUS, DIEPPE, SEINE-MARITIME
Epitaph IN SILENCE WE REMEMBER
Family Details SON OF WILLIAM MCINTOSH BROWN, AND OF E. ELLEN BROWN, OF ESSEX, ONTARIO.

Additional Information

 

 

Flight Sergeant WILLIAM McINTOSH BROWN was on a Handley Page Halifax Mark V bomber, DK196 NA-Z, of 428 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force1 flying from Royal Air Force Dalton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom on the night of 6th/7th September 1943. They were on a mission to bomb the City of Münster, Germany when they developed engine problems near Strasbourg.

 

The aircraft was turned back to head home, but had to land on a hillside near les Vertus, Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France. Flight Sergeant WILLIAM McINTOSH BROWN was died and was intially buried in a temporary grave at LES VERTUS, DIEPPE, SEINE-MARITIME. Later his body was moved to DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER.2

 

The remaining 6 crew members: Sergeant H. G. Brown, Sergeant P. F. Elko, Sergeant J. A. Pickup, Sergeant J. I. D. Francis, Sergeant E. N. B. Bongard and Sergeant J. T. Cousins, were captured and made prisoners-of-war.3

 

 

References
1. Bomber Command 428 Royal Canadian Air Force details, via Royal Air Force website at http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/bombercommandno428squadron.cfm
2. Chorley, W. R.. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1943. p.318.
3. ibid.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph:  
Additional photographs provided by:  
Additional information provided by: Baromesnil website, via Philippe Ducastelle, Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust, Royal Air Force website and Carl Shilleto.

 

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