Wing Commander John L Brown MBE

18 Sep 1944

  • MBE medal

Wing Commander John Laurence Brown was an expert Senior Ground Control Interceptor serving with HQ 38 Group RAF as a 'Liaison Officer' with the job of providing radar cover for various uses.

He was given command of Number 6080 and 6341 Light Warning Units which were created from scratch with personnel selected from units in all parts of the UK. These units were to assist with the control of the support aircraft, and to give warning of enemy air attack. W/C Brown was attached to HQ 1st British Airborne Corps, and landed in a Horsa glider near Groesbeek on 17 September 1944.

He was hit by a strafing Me 109 on 17 September 1944 and died of his wounds on 18 September 1944. He was given a field burial in Groesbeek and was re-interred to Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery on 17 October 1945.

By Rod Gibson

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