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  Warrant Officer Arnold Brown  - 107 Squadron  
 

Warrant Officer Arnold Brown - RAFVR

 
Warrant Officer Arnold Brown  was serving as Observer on board Blenheim Mk. IV Z5794  when it departed Wattisham for an operation to Cologne on December 10/11, 1940. The aircraft failed to return and its crew became prisoners of war.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

P/O W. H. Culling - POW

RAFVR

Pilot

W/O Arnold Brown -  POW

RAFVR

Observer

Sergeant E. T. Perry- POW

RAFVR

W/OP/AG

 Sergeant Brown, became a POW in camps L1/L6 and 357. After liberation, Arnold and his fellow POW’s were moved from the camp during the coldest winter months of the twentieth century with blizzards and sub zero temperatures and force marched. Already weak from the years in the camp on meagre prison rations and suffering from frost bite and hunger, many succumbed to disease and starvation along the route. On reaching the village of Gresse,15 kilometres north-east of Lauenburg, on the 19th April 1945, six Royal Air Force Typhoons opened fire with rockets and bombs on the POW column as they walked along a narrow country road amidst open fields, accidentally mistaking them for retreating columns of German troops. Sixty allied POW’s were killed and many including Arnold were wounded. Tragically, Arnold died of his injuries on 20th April 1945 in Boisenburg Krankenhaus Hospital.

Pilot Officer Culling was in camp#L3,while Sergeant Perry was taken to Camp L1,L6,357.

Warrant Officer Brown is buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

 

107 Squadron Crest

 Warrant Officer Arnold Brown was the son of Cyril and Edith Brown, eldest brother of Jack, Dennis and Eric and husband of Miriam of Northamptonshire. Arnold owned a Wireless shop in Marefair, Northampton before the war. He enlisted in March 1939 and was 34 years old at the time of his death.

 
  Photo courtesy of Eric and Kathleen Brown, research by Linda Ibrom.