Captain Arthur Roy Brown – Canadian Ace 1893 / 1944 Part 2
No. 11 Naval Squadron was disbanded in mid-August 1917, and Brown was returned to No.9 Naval now equipped with Sopwith Camels. He was promoted to flight lieutenant on 1st of October, and on the 6th of October was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) His citation read as follows:
For the excellent work he has done on active service. On 3rd of 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 the side of the fuselage shot. On 5th of September 1917, in company with formation, he attacked an Albatros Scout and two-seater driving them away from our lines. One machine was observed to go down apparently out of control. On 15th of September 1917 he dived on two Aviatiks and three Albatros 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 20th September 1917, whilst leading his flight, he dived on five Albatros Scouts. Flight Lieutenant Brown picked out one enemy machine and opened fire, one of his guns jammed, so 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 Flight Lieutenant Brown kept firing until his other gun jammed. 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 of Flight Lieutenant Brown’s guns were jammed, but he dived on the enemy machines and drove them off, thus undoubtedly saving the pilot’s life.
Soon after Brown was made a Flight Commander, a role in which he excelled. No.9 was posted to the Somme area in early 1918, and was forced to retreat during the German spring offensive between the 20th and 29th of March. The tempo of operations increased with the entire squadron fling typically two missions a day.
To Be Continued………………
(C) Damian Grange 201