Flying Officer Stephen Sidney BROWN

459 RAAF Squadron

Service No. 428067

Date of Birth: 7 Dec 1921

Place of Birth: SWANSEA, TAS

Date of Enlistment: 9 Oct 1942

Date of Discharge: 14 Dec 1945

Rank: Flying Officer

Date of Death: 31 Oct 2012

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Crew:
  • W/O Steve Brown - Pilot

  • W/O Bert Lee Nav/Bomb Aimer;

  • W/O Tommy Sherwin WAG

  • W/O Ernie Job - Turret Gunner

Stephen S. Brown's entry:

"I served ( as Pilot) in 459 Squadron from August 1944 to disbandment, under “Pete” Henderson and later C.E.Payne as Commanding Officers and Jim McHale and Bob Norman as Flight Commanders.  In that time I flew 28 sorties with my crew: W/O Lee, W/O Job and W/O Sherwin."

 

Date of Birth :  7.12.1921

 

Joined Aust. Military Forces 4.11.41 No. T20371

Discharged A.M.F. 28.9.42 - Rank - Signalman 

Joined RAAF 9.10.42 - Rank A/C11 (428067)

Served as Guard at Colac GRS 4.11.42 - 7.12.42

Trained at Somers (Vic) 7.12.42 - 3.3.43

Flying Training at Western Junction (Tas).

3.3.43 - 6.5.43  - to embarkation, Sydney.

Trained at Brantford (Ontario) 13.6.43 - 15.10.43 - Obtained wings - Graduated Sgt.Pilot

 

Trained at Sommerside (Prince Edward Island - Canada) - 28.10.43 - 19.12.43 - Graduated to GRS Pilot

 

Embarked Halifax 30.1.44 to Brighton (England) 1.2.44

Embarked Liverpool 16.3.44 to Port Said (ME) 25.3.44

Trained at OTU Gianaclis (Egypt) 5.6.44

28.7.44 Graduated to Hudsons and Baltimores, joined 459 Squadron 11.8.44

Flew 28 missions in Mediterranean and Aegean

 

Started as SGT.Pilot to S/SGT to WO on 1.4.45

Discharged as O.R. 1.11.45

Squadron Decommissioned 9.2.45

Shipped to England - Chevinor, North Devon to train on Wellingtons but war ended before operational.

Returned to Australia via Brighton

Discharged 14.12.45 - Rank - Flying Officer

Awarded 1939-45 Italy Star

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