Flying Officer William Walter      D'arcy Brain

Photo added by Stephen Farnell

Flying Officer William Walter D'arcy Brain

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 21 Nov 1944
  • Burial Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England
  • Plot 8. AA. 16.
  • Memorial ID 17662416

42365 Pilot 2 (Inst): F/O. William Walter D'arcy Brain
Died age 26

Also Comrade to Flying Officer Ernest Douglas Woods...

They made the ultimate sacrifice together following air operations on November 21st 1944 Dunmow Essex. The pilot and crew were aboard the LK276 Stirling and released the glider P-F573 Horsa. The glider landed safely,the Stirling crashed after hitting some willow trees and collided with some power high tension power cables. The aircraft then skidded along a bank and exploded at Puildings Farm. The board of enquiry blamed the pilot for failing to monitor his altimeter. The complete crew were killed in the crash. Investigations indicated the Stirling was being pursued by a Luftwaffe night fighter which shot the Stirling down. People on the base at the time also confirmed this.


Ronald David Payne
Arthur George Reid
James Ian Kidgell
Hugh Holt
Reginald Matthew Dauncey


Royal New Zealand Air Force

Gravesite Details Many thanks to the Air crew rememberance society and Kelvin Youngs for giving permission to use their Images.





  • Maintained by: Stephen Farnell
  • Originally Created by: International Wargraves Photography Project
  • Added: 24 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17662416
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Flying Officer William Walter D'arcy Brain (unknown–21 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17662416, citing Brookwood Military Cemetery, Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Stephen Farnell (contributor 47664179) .