|1. ||Gp. Capt. Alan Coatsworth Brown, DSO, OBE, DFC, CdeG, RCAF was born 9 Aug 1914, Winnipeg, Canada. |
- Military Service WW2: BROWN, W/C Alan Coatsworth (37033) - Distinguished Service Order - No.407 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette 4 December 1942.
This officer, by his personal tact and example, has been largely responsible for the sound morale and efficiency of his squadron. He has led the squadron on all its heavy raids including one on Bremen on the night of June 25th. His calm demeanour under all circumstances, his organizing ability and determination to press home the attack have set a magnificent example. Wing Commander Brown has displayed outstanding leadership and devotion to duty.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9606 has the original recommendation dated 13 October 1942 and prepared by the Commanding Officer, RAF Station Bircham Newton:
This officer took over command of No.407 Squadron in January this year, when the squadron's morale was at its lowest, and just before they were withdrawn from the front line to reform.
By his personal tact and example, he pulled his squadron together in an extremely efficient manner, and as a result, although they had in the mean time been on three operational trips at Thorney Island, they came back to full operation [sic] duties on 1st April, and were moved to this station.
They very soon met with a number of successes, and since the 1st April, 78 individual attacks have been made on ships, out of which 33 were claimed as having been hit, and 25 have been officially acknowledged by Headquarters, Coastal Command as being damaged, seriously damaged or a total loss.
As Commanding Officer of the squadron, this officer cannot be expected, and in fact is discouraged from taking part in as many operations as some of the more junior crews. Nevertheless he has carried out 19 operational trips - 15 by night and four by day - and it has been officially acknowledged by Headquarters, Coastal Command that five direct hits have been obtained, in addition to one near miss.
Wing Commander Brown has led his squadron on all their bigger raids, including that on Bremen on the night of 25th/26th June. On all occasions when weather conditions are doubtful, or when heavy opposition is to be expected, he insists on going with them.
By his calm demeanour under all circumstances, his organizing ability, his determination to press home his attacks, and his efforts to ensure that all those serving under him were equally determined, he set a magnificent example. In addition to this, if there is anything new to be tried out, he himself has always done it. A typical example of this is the recent innovation of the 'rooster' aircraft, at which he was so successful.
To the great loss, not only of his squadron, but of his Station, this officer has now been posted to the Staff College, and I cannot too strongly recommend that the magnificent services he has rendered as Officer Commanding, No.407 Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron be acknowledged by an award as below.
(From Air Force Association of Canada, http://airforce.ca/awards.php?search=1&keyword=&page=7&mem=&type=rafww2 )
Alan Coatsworth Brown OBE DSO DFC CdeG was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and educated there.
In October 1934, Brown was appointed as an Acting Pilot Officer with the Royal Air Force (RAF). By the time WW 2 broke out in 1939, Brown was a pilot, holding the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
Early in 1940, Brown was posted to No. 53 Squadron, Bomber Command.
Brown was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in recognition of his skill and gallantry during a critically important reconnaissance over heavily defended enemy occupied territory. His citation reads as follows:
"On May 13, 1940, this officer as the pilot of an aircraft carried out an important and successful reconnaissance over strongly defended enemy areas. In spite of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire which resulted in his aircraft being severely damaged and his rear gunner being wounded, he continued the reconnaissance.
His personal disregard of danger, his determination, and his skill in the handling of his damaged aircraft were largely responsible for this reconnaissance which obtained valuable information."
In January 1942, Brown took command of No. 407 Squadron, Bomber Command and personally took part in 19 dangerous and risky bombing missions against heavily defended targets such as Bremen. Brown beat the odds and survived his 19 dangerous and risky bombing missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
France decorated Brown with the Croix de Guerre with Palme and Belgium awarded him with the Order of Leopold with Palme.
- Also Known As: 1962; John Alan Coatsworth
Alan married Una Rawnsley 1956. Una (daughter of Noel Hardwicke Rawnsley and Violet Hilton Cutbill) was born 1904, Laleham, Middlesex; was christened Crosthwaite Church, Keswick; died 1984. [Group Sheet]
Alan — Ena Storey. Ena died 1956, England. [Group Sheet]
- Anna Coatsworth Brown was born 7 Aug 1944, Gerrards Cross, Middlesex.
- Josephine Charlotte Coatsworth Brown was born 25 Oct 1949, Istanbul, Turkey.