After serving with an artillery regiment, Allan Runcieman Brown transferred to the Australian Flying Corps on 5 December 1916. Flying Bristol Fighters with 1 Squadron during 1918, he scored at least five victories by the end of the summer. Brown was noted for forcing opponents to land in the desert before destroying their aircraft with bombing and strafing attacks. During World War II, he was a Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Allan Runciman Brown (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
Lieut. Garfield Finlay (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
On 22nd August Capt. Brown, with Lieut. Finlay as his observer, attacked an enemy two-seater, forcing it to land in our lines. On four other occasions these officers have engaged and destroyed enemy aircraft, displaying marked gallantry and skill. In addition, they have rendered most valuable service in attacking enemy cavalry, anti-aircraft guns and other ground targets, inflicting heavy loss.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 February 1919 (31170/2035)