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Pilot Officer Norman Brown (deceased)

Pilot Officer Norman Brown (deceased)

Norman McHardy Brown was born in Edinburgh on 27 July, 1919, and went to South Morningside Primary before George Heriot's School. He volunteered for the Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve (RAFVR) as an airman u/t pilot (under training) a few days after his 20th birthday and was called up on 1st September, 1939 as war loomed. He was posted to 3 ITW (Initial Training Wings) in Hastings, moving in April 1940 to EFTS (Elementary Flying Training School) at RAF Burnaston near Derby. He was commissioned as Pilot Officer on 7 September, 1940 – with the service number 84958 – trained in Spitfires at 7 OTU (Operational Training Unit), RAF Hawarden, Chester, and was posted to 611 Squadron at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, immediately engaging in the Battle of Britain. Norman Brown was one of 'The Few', those who took part in the Battle of Britain in the autumn of 1940 in the skies above England and the Channel. He was never shot down. On 12 October, 1940, Brown – nicknamed Sneezy by his comrades – was transferred to No.41 Squadron at Hornchurch and continued to hunt down German fighter planes. As the RAF gained the upper hand in the Battle of Britain, Brown's Spitfire was returning to Hornchurch on 1 November, 1940 when, in poor visibility, it overshot the RAF base and strayed into London's Barrage Balloon defence area. He struck a cable. The weather was still quite thick … my starboard wing struck a cable – not a pleasant discovery, he wrote many years later in a an article for the Scottish Saltire Branch of the Aircrew Association (ACA). My first instinct was to bale out, but I couldn't for two reasons; I was fully occupied holding the Spitfire straight as it tried to spin round the cable and secondly I could see I was over houses. If I had tried, I would almost certainly have killed myself. As it was I struggled hard with the controls and literally flew down the cable with the airspeed falling dramatically. Finally, the aircraft stalled and did what I can only describe as a violent flick roll. At this point the cable, I think, broke and tore away part of the wing, and I went into a steep dive. On trying to pull out, the Spit turned over on it's back at about 1,000ft and I thought all was over and I momentarily experienced the most unusual sense of complete tranquillity…He went on to describe how he spotted a small housing development site just beyond a railway line and decided to try and land there. He aimed to hit the fence to reduce the plane's speed, as the site was not very big and there were houses at the far end. I don't recall much about the impact except that it was very much more violent than a normal 'wheels up' forced landing, which I had previously experienced. I was very confused and found myself in almost complete darkness and realised that the Spit was upside down and there was only a little light through the windscreen as it was buried in soil through into which it had ploughed. He recalled the stench of petrol and thought he was about to be barbecued. The canopy had slammed shut but two men who had been working nearby came to his rescue. A hob-nailed boot smashed the canopy. I was never so pleased to see a hob-nailed boot and I was pulled out after I released my straps.Brown was believed to be the last survivor of No.41 Squadron, based at RAF Hornchurch, Essex, which lost 16 pilots in action during the three-month Battle of Britain but claimed more than 100 'kills' of enemy planes. In a separate article for the Scottish Saltire branch of the ACA, Brown wrote: The autumn of 1940, what memories! So very hectic, exhausting and frightening. The dangers, fears, excitement, the sadness and the fun, shared with some of the best people one could ever hope to meet. Waiting! Time is passed dozing, reading, listening to music or playing cards. The telephone rings: '41 Squadron scramble!' A dash for the dispersed Spits. Climbing at maximum rate, oxygen on at about 13,000ft, getting colder – probably about minus 30 degrees Centigrade … a gaggle of Messerschmitt Me109s dive on us out of the sun, their trails concealed by a drift of high cloud … gun button on to 'fire' … violent turns to meet the attack head on …chin pressed down on to chest and vision …darkening as G force increases … orange streaks of cannon fire pass too close … aircraft everywhere … a glimpse of an enemy fighter … a quick burst … more tight turns … a Spitfire dives past on fire and below, an Me109 with a Spitfire on its tail disintegrates … more evasive action, dive and tight turns and then level off. Back on base, we thankfully retire to the local hostelry for the odd pint … there is no mention of absentees. So ends another day. Having left the RAF in 1941, Brown returned to Scotland and forestry. As a result, he volunteered after the war to assist RAF 317 Squadron, on the ground in the western-controlled zone of Germany, in Operation Woodpecker, a reparations scheme to get badly-needed timber to the UK where wood had been rationed for civilians during the war in favour of the military effort. In 1947, the operation also provided timber and peat for heating to Germans civilians, who had survived the war only to face displacement and freezing temperatures. Norman Brown died in the Borders General Hospital in Melrose on the 17th December 2013 aged 94.

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 Depicting Spitfire of 609 squadron during the Battle of Britain. ......
Spitfire Tally-Ho by Geoff Lea. (C)
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Depicting Spitfire of 609 squadron during the Battle of Britain. ......

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 Two Spitfire Mk1Bs of 92 Squadron patrol the south coast from their temporary base at Ford, here passing over the Needles rocks, Isle of Wight, in the Spring of 1942. ......
In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (D)
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Two Spitfire Mk1Bs of 92 Squadron patrol the south coast from their temporary base at Ford, here passing over the Needles rocks, Isle of Wight, in the Spring of 1942. ......

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 A pair of Spitfire Mk.IXEs of 611 Squadron make their way home from a patrol during the summer of 1942. At this time 611 Squadron were based at Kenley and were the first squadron to receive the new Mk.IX putting it on equal terms, for the first time......
Spitfire Mk.IXE by Ivan Berryman. (D)
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A pair of Spitfire Mk.IXEs of 611 Squadron make their way home from a patrol during the summer of 1942. At this time 611 Squadron were based at Kenley and were the first squadron to receive the new Mk.IX putting it on equal terms, for the first time......

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 On August 12th, 1940 the Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the RAF's forward fighter bases and radar stations with the intent to obliterate them once and for all.  The outcome of the Battle of Britain hung in the balance.  It was late in ......Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (AP)
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 On August 12th, 1940 the Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the RAF's forward fighter bases and radar stations with the intent to obliterate them once and for all.  The outcome of the Battle of Britain hung in the balance.  It was late in ......Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (B)
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 On August 12th, 1940 the Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the RAF's forward fighter bases and radar stations with the intent to obliterate them once and for all.  The outcome of the Battle of Britain hung in the balance.  It was late in ......Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (C)
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 For nearly a thousand years the white cliffs of southern England had taunted many a foreign army.  These fortress walls of chalk, however, were defended by the moat-like waters of the Channel, and together they had shielded the British from her enem......
This Sceptred Isle by Robert Taylor. (D)
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For nearly a thousand years the white cliffs of southern England had taunted many a foreign army. These fortress walls of chalk, however, were defended by the moat-like waters of the Channel, and together they had shielded the British from her enem......

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Pack of four pilot-signed Spitfire prints by Ivan Berryman.
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In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (C)
The Fledgling by Ivan Berryman. (C)
High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (E)
Spitfire Mk.IXE by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Where Thoroughbreds Play by Ivan Berryman.

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54 Sqn Battle of Britain Aviation Art Pack.
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A Quick Despatch by Ivan Berryman.
Victory Above Dover by Ivan Berryman.
Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (B)
A Day for Heroes by Ivan Berryman. (AP)

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610 Squadron Aviation Art Prints.
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Return of the Heroes by Ivan Berryman. (B)
In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (D)
The Battle for Britain by Robert Taylor.
Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (E)

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Pack 853. Pack of three Spitfire aircraft prints by Ivan Berryman.
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High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (F)
Spitfire Mk.IXE by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Where Thoroughbreds Play by Ivan Berryman.

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Battle of Britain Aviation Art Prints.
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Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (B)
September Victory by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Where Thoroughbreds Play by Ivan Berryman.

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Battle of Britain Spitfire Prints.
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Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (B)
September Victory by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Where Thoroughbreds Play by Ivan Berryman.

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Pack 850. Pack of two Battle of Britain Spitfire prints by Ivan Berryman.
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High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (C)
In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (D)

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Pack 960. Pack of two Spitfire Prints by Richard Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Dawn Till Dusk by Richard Taylor.
In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (D)

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WW2 Spitfire Aviation Prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Ramrod by Robert Taylor
Spitfire Mk.IXE by Ivan Berryman. (D)

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No.54 Sqn Aircraft Art Prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (B)
Victory Above Dover by Ivan Berryman.

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No.54 Sqn Battle of Britain Aviation Prints by Ivan Berryman and Robert Taylor.
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Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (B)
A Quick Despatch by Ivan Berryman.

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Battle of Britain Aviation Art by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.
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Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (B)
A Day for Heroes by Ivan Berryman. (AP)

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610 Squadron Battle of Britain Aviation Prints by Ivan Berryman and Richard Taylor.
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Return of the Heroes by Ivan Berryman. (B)
In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (D)

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610 Squadron Spitfire Aviation Prints by Ivan Berryman.
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In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (E)

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Pilot Officer Norman Brown (deceased)

Squadrons for : Pilot Officer Norman Brown (deceased)
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No.41 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 15th April 1916

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No.41 Sqn RAF

Founded in 1916, 41 Squadron was disbanded at the end of World War One, but reformed on 1st April 1923.

No.611 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 10th February 1936
Fate : Disbanded 10th March 1957
West Lancashire (Auxiliary)

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No.611 Sqn RAF

Formed 10th February 1936, at RAF Hendon. Initially flew Hawker Hart aircraft then Hawker Hinds, before converting to a number of variants of Spitfires throughout the war. During the war, they were present at Dunkirk and fought in the Battle of Britain. The squadron converted to Mustangs in March 1945, but disbanded in August 1945. The squadron reformed in May 1946, again with Spitfires, beforing converting to Meteor jets in May 1951. The squadron finally disbanded on 10th March 1957.
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Spitfire



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Manufacturer : Supermarine
Production Began : 1936
Retired : 1948
Number Built : 20351

Spitfire

Royal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.

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