BROWN, Ronald Arthur

Lancaster W4308 took off form RAF Breighton at 1714 hours on 23 January 1943 to attack Dusseldorf, Germany. The bomb load was 1 x 4000 lb (pound) (1,800 kg) bomb and 1080 x 4 lb (2 kg) incendiaries. The aircraft failed to return to base from the mission. Six aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid. The crew members of W4308 were: Sergeant Ronald Arthur Brown (401812) (Air Gunner) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 8 January 1946 Sergeant John Vincent Conlon (411084) (Bomb Aimer) Sergeant I S H Hayes (646058) (RAF) (Flight Engineer) PoW Flying Officer Harold Leonard Edward Longworth (403620) (Navigator) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 2 November 1945 Sergeant Philip Andrew Martin (406441) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 12 November 1945 Pilot Officer Stuartson Charles Methven (400391) (Air Gunner) Squadron Leader R B Osborn DSO DFC (74686) (RAFVR) (Pilot) (Australian serving in the RAF) POW German - WIA held Stalag Luft VII, Luft IV and IXC RTA

Last Name
BROWN
Given Names
Ronald Arthur
Service Number
401812
Course Details
WAGS Course 14
Intake Date
29/05/1941
Finish Date
17/11/1941
To
2BAGS
Kill Date or Discharge Date
08/01/1946 (Discharged)
Discharge Unit
460 SQN
Rank
Warrant Officer
Prisoner of War
POW
Notes

Lancaster W4308 took off form RAF Breighton at 1714 hours on 23 January 1943 to attack Dusseldorf, Germany. The bomb load was 1 x 4000 lb (pound) (1,800 kg) bomb and 1080 x 4 lb (2 kg) incendiaries. The aircraft failed to return to base from the mission. Six aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid. The crew members of W4308 were: Sergeant Ronald Arthur Brown (401812) (Air Gunner) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 8 January 1946 Sergeant John Vincent Conlon (411084) (Bomb Aimer) Sergeant I S H Hayes (646058) (RAF) (Flight Engineer) PoW Flying Officer Harold Leonard Edward Longworth (403620) (Navigator) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 2 November 1945 Sergeant Philip Andrew Martin (406441) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 12 November 1945 Pilot Officer Stuartson Charles Methven (400391) (Air Gunner) Squadron Leader R B Osborn DSO DFC (74686) (RAFVR) (Pilot) (Australian serving in the RAF) POW German - WIA held Stalag Luft VII, Luft IV and IXC RTA

Acknowledgements

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