Flight Lieutenant Stephen Watson BROWN

Service No: 413849
Born: Richmond VIC, 4 January 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 13 September 1941 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 582 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Little Staughton
Died: Air Operations (No. 582 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ND814), France, 28 May 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery, Ille-et-Vilaine, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Stephen Edward and Ethel Maud Brown, of Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Mosman NSW
Remembered: Panel 119, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: St Clements World War 2 Roll of Honour, Mosman NSW

At 2325 hours on the night of 27 May 1944, Lancaster ND814 took off from Little Staughton detailed too mark the target, the airfield at St-Jacques, Rennes, France. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed on the western side of the target area and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of ND814 were:

Flight Lieutenant Stephen Watson Brown (413849) (First Navigator)
Sergeant Leonard William Cudlipp (1606835) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Pilot Officer Allan George Harrington (421276) (RNZAF) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Squadron Leader Harold Wright Heney DSO (39918) (RNZAF) (Formation Leader)
Flight Lieutenant Ronald David Lamb (42300) (RNZAF) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Francis Robert Ross (42341) (RNZAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Frank Sidney Webb (1387510) (RAFVR) (Second Navigator)


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, 166/6/1488
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Feast, Sean Master Bombers: the experiences of a Pathfinder Squadron at war, 1944-1945, Grub Street, London, 2008

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