Pilot Officer Brian William BROWN

Service No: 410035
Born: Shepparton VIC, 18 September 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 November 1941
Unit: No. 450 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 450 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft AK714), northern Italy, 5 April 1945, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Udine War Cemetery, Italy
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George and Maie Josephine Brown, of Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 5 April 1945, Kittyhawk AK714 flown by Pilot Officer Brown was leading a formation of 12 Kittyhawk fighter/bombers detailed to cut railway lines between Udine and Cervigano in northern
Italy. AK714 went in to dive bomb from approximately 6,000 feet and at 4,000 feet, the aircraft flamed in the sky. It did not pull out of the dive and crashed in flames carrying 3 x 500 lb bombs. Anti-aircraft fire was observed and AK714 appeared to have been hit.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/6/471