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Name: Sydney MacGillvary Brown
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Croix de Guerre with Palm (France)
Sydney M. Brown
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 29
Victories: 5
Born: 10 August 1895
Place of Birth: Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 07 April 1952
Place of Death: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
   A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sydney MacGillvary Brown graduated from Bowdoin College in 1916. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in July 1917 and received a promotion to temporary Second Lieutenant (on probation) on 12 January 1918. Posted to 29 Squadron, he scored 5 victories flying the S.E.5a.
   A Rhodes Scholar, Brown received his doctorate from Oxford University. During World War II he served with the U.S. Naval Reserve as an aerial navigation officer with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1947 he accepted a position as associate professor of medieval history at Duquesne University and later wrote several books on medieval history, including Medieval Europe and A General Outline of Medieval History, which became widely used as textbooks in schools and colleges.
   Brown died in 1952 at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was 56.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
2nd Lieut. Sydney MacGillvary Brown. (FRANCE)
   On 28th October, when on offensive patrol, this officer, in company with three other machines, attacked nine Fokkers; three of the latter were destroyed, 2nd Lieut. Brown accounting for one. In addition, he has three hostile aircraft and one balloon to his credit. He is a fearless and intrepid officer.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Aug 1918 1940 29 S.E.5a (C1132) Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Bailleul
2 19 Aug 1918 1120 29 S.E.5a (E5999) DFW C (DES) Bailleul-Nieppe Road
3 29 Sep 1918 1625 29 S.E.5a (E5999) Fokker D.VII (DES) Menin
4 27 Oct 1918 0920 29 S.E.5a (E5999) Balloon (DES) E of Tournai
5 28 Oct 1918 1600 29 S.E.5a (E5999) Fokker D.VII (DES) SW of Avelghem
Franks, Norman. American Aces of World War 1. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2001
Franks, Norman and Frank Bailey. Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918. London: Grub Street, 1992
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