Arthur Roy Brown

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Date of Birth December 23, 1893
Place of Birth Canada
Date of Death Mar 9, 1994 (100)
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Roy Brown (RAF officer)

Arthur Roy Brown, was a Canadian flying ace of the First World War, credited with ten aerial victories. The Royal Air Force officially credited Brown with shooting down Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron", although it is now considered all but certain by historians, doctors, and ballistics experts that Richthofen was actually killed by a machine gunner firing from the ground.

Nickname(s): Brownie
Born: December 23, 1893, Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 9, 1944, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
Allegiance: United Kingdom
Service/branch: Royal Navy, Royal Air Force
Years of service: 1915–1918
Rank: Captain
Unit: No. 9 Squadron RNAS, No. 209 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars: First World War, Western Front
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross & Bar

About Arthur Roy Brown

Canadian pilot and Royal Air Force officer remembered for shooting down the Red Baron during World War I.

Before Fame

He studied accounting before beginning his aviation training with the Royal Naval Air Service.


He tried to re-enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the beginning of World War II, but his request was refused. Instead, he campaigned unsuccessfully for the Ontario legislature.

Family Life

He was one of five children born into an affluent Ottawa family.


He is credited with having shot down Baron Von Richthofen, and never lost a pilot during his aerial battles.

Information related to Roy Brown (RAF officer)

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