|Pilot F/Lt Peter George Fleming Brown, RAF 120926 (KIA / BR)
Crashed April 14, 1944
Assigned RAF Serial JF846. Delivered to RAAF on October 26, 1943. Saw service with 452 Squadron. Suffered landing accident at Katherine, NT, Australia (pilot P/O M J Beaton). Repaired by 7 Repair & Salvage Unit (RSU) before being delivered to 54 Squadron, RAF.
Took off from Gorrie for a delivery flight to Darwin accompanied by W/O I D Ross, RAF, flying Spitfire A58-330.
At 9,000 feet, the aircraft suffered an engine failure 40 miles south of Pine Creek. F/Lt Brown was told to search for a clearing to force land, though after gliding down to 1,000 feet advised he was "Going over the side" due to being unable to locate an appropriate clearing. On exiting the aircraft, it went into a dive, crashed and exploded. F/Lt Brown's parachute opened at approximately 100 feet, but unfortunately he landed in the burning wreckage.
F/Lt Brown is now buried at the Adelaide River War Cemetery (Grave P.D.12).
ADF Serials - Spitfire A58-309
CWGC - P G F Brown
Thanks to Daniel Leahy and Greg Williams
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January 5, 2018