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Capt Arthur Roy Brown
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Birth: Dec. 23, 1893
Death: Mar. 9, 1944

WWI Canadian Fighter Pilot. Distinguished Service Cross with bar device. Credited as the air ace who finally brought the "Red Baron," Baron Manfred von Richthofen, down to earth. Entered the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915; almost killed when he crashed an Avro 504 on 2 May 1916; eventually recovered and was assigned to 9 Naval Squadron on the Western Front in April 1917. Reassigned to 11 Naval Squadron, scored his first victory on 17 July 1917, while flying a Sopwith Pup. In the fall, he rejoined 9 Naval Squadron to fly Sopwith Camels, becoming a flight commander in February 1918. In the most famous aerial combat of WWI, Brown's flight encountered Jasta 11 on the morning of April 21, 1918. In the battle that followed, Brown scored his final victory of the war while engaging a red Fokker DR.I; he was officially credited with shooting down the Red Baron. For this action, Brown received a bar to his Distinguished Service Cross. "If he had been my dearest friend, I could not have felt greater sorrow" Brown said on viewing the body of Manfred von Richthofen. In 1919, Brown left the Royal Air Force and returned to Canada where he worked as an accountant, founded a small airline and became an editor for " Canadian Aviation" magazine. During World War II, Brown entered politics after his application to join the Royal Canadian Air Force was rejected. The year before he died, he ran for Parliament but lost the election. (bio by: Fred Beisser) 

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Unknown
Specifically: Originally buried at Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, Ontario, Canada-moved to Toronto(location unknown)
 
Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: May 15, 2004
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Capt Arthur Roy Brown
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