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Name: Colin Peter Brown
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Croix de Guerre avec Palme
Colin Brown
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 13N (RNAS)
213 (RAF)
Victories: 14
Born: 20 December 1898
Place of Birth: Langside, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: 19 October 1965
Place of Death:  
The son of John and Margaret Brown, Colin Peter Brown served with the Royal Naval Air Service and was posted to 13 Naval Squadron in 1917. Flying Sopwith Camels, he scored 14 victories by the end of the war. Squadron Leader Brown received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 14226 at Yorkshire Aviation Services Country Club on 18 August 1936.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Colin Peter Brown (Sea Patrol).
   Was engaged in a bombing raid on an enemy seaplane base by night, and dropped his bombs from a height of 500 feet, causing considerable destruction. Shortly afterwards he bombed an enemy aerodrome in daylight, also from a height of 500 feet, and then descended to 300 feet and destroyed an enemy machine. On arriving at his aerodrome fifty-nine bullet-holes were found in his machine. He has since then destroyed two enemy aeroplanes. Lieutenant Brown has been engaged in several other aerial fights, and has proved himself a gallant and resourceful flight leader.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Colin Peter Brown, D.F.C. (Sea Patrol FLANDERS.)
   A fine fighting pilot and brilliant leader who has destroyed thirteen enemy aircraft. On 4th October he led his formation of fifteen scouts to attack a superior number of the enemy. Nine of the latter were destroyed, Captain Brown, single-handed, accounting for three.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Nov 1917 1145 13N Sopwith Camel (B6300) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 E of Nieuport
2 27 Apr 1918 1515 213 Sopwith Camel (B7274) Albatros D.V (OOC) Uytkerke
3 08 May 1918 1950 213 Sopwith Camel (B7226) Albatros D.V (OOC) Wenduyne
4 14 Jul 1918 0925 213 Sopwith Camel (D8177) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Ostend
5 31 Jul 1918 1040 213 Sopwith Camel (D3341) Rumpler C (DES) 8 mi NE of Nieuport
6 11 Aug 1918 0955 213 Sopwith Camel (D9490) Albatros C (OOC) 2 7 mi NE of Dixmude
7 21 Aug 1918 1650 213 Sopwith Camel (D9649) C (DES) 3 S of Zevecote
8 25 Aug 1918 1840 213 Sopwith Camel (F5913) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 10 mi N of Ostend
9 24 Sep 1918 1445 213 Sopwith Camel (D8177) Fokker D.VII (DES) SW of Thorout
10 24 Sep 1918 1450 213 Sopwith Camel (D8177) Fokker D.VII (DES) 1 mi SW of Thorout
11 29 Sep 1918 1200 213 Sopwith Camel (D8177) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 1 mi E of Roulers
12 04 Oct 1918 0930 213 Sopwith Camel (D8177) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Rumbeke
13 04 Oct 1918 0930 213 Sopwith Camel (D8177) Fokker D.VII (DES) Rumbeke
14 04 Oct 1918 0930 213 Sopwith Camel (D8177) Fokker D.VII (DES) Rumbeke

1 Shared with FSL Lawson (B6410), FSL Moyle (B6212)
2 Shared with Lt David Ingalls
3 Shared with Lt Harry Smith, Lt David Ingalls
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