Arthur Charles Brown:- part 2

On the 5th July 2014, Ellecourt held a Commemoration Service for the
70th Anniversary of the Lancaster bomber of which A.C.Brown was a crew member

During my research I was very fortunate in having a response by Mary Kemp providing me with a first hand account of how Arthur Brown was Killed in Action

Sgt Arthur Charles Brown Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 463 (RAAF) Sqdn Age 21 Service Number 1399195 son of William and Alice May Brown, Valley Green Farm Mount Bures


All the villagers, led by the Mayor attended the grave side. One crew member George Dowling was represented by family members from Australia.

Mary Kemp and her grandson George because of all the research we had done and so we felt we were representing Arthur and the other two British crew men involved.
After the ceremony at the grave side we had a mass in the Church then a meal in the village hall.
At the meal Mary played the National Anthem on her violin. T
The meal began at 12.00 and lasted until 7.30 in the evening and consisted of 9 courses!!

It was a wonderful day, although very few of the villagers could speak French.
The atmosphere was one of real warmth and communication.

There were several villagers who remembered the crash.
The lady in grey who was 11 or 12 at the time, had seen George Dowling dead, his body still intact in his rear gunner position.
It had affected her all her life and she was very emotional when she met the Australian family.

With sincere thanks to Mary Kemp for these marvellous photographs.

Additional research by Alan Beales