Born: 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 17th December 1943; age: 23; aircraft crash in low clouds at Thornton Curtis, Lincolnshire.

Residence: 17, Felix Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Pilot Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 170737.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 166 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James Arthur & Ruby Evelyn Brown, of Ipswich.


Father: James Arthur Brown, born May 1895.

Mother: Ruby Evelyn Brown (nee Crowe), born November 1899.


Arthur was educated at Ipswich Central School.


17th December 1943

Aircraft: Lancaster III; Serial Number: JB639; Code: AS-S; Based at R.A.F. Kirmington, Lincolnshire; Operation ‘Berlin.’ JB639 was 1 of 483 Lancasters and 15 Mosquitos which set off on the bombing raid of the German capital. The aircraft took off at 16:20hrs and carried out their part in the raid successfully. On their return journey they took a Northerly route over Denmark, out running night fighters. There was very low cloud and the crew were attempting to locate the airfield, when at 23:35hrs JB639 crashed near Little Walk Farm, Thornton Curtis, Lincolnshire. The 7 crew members were killed. A totally 156 airman lost their lives on this mission.


Charles George Thompson; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 27; R.A.F.V.R.

David Wilson Inglis; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 31; R.A.F.V.R. – courtesy of

Norman Nowell Griffin; Sergeant/Air Bomber; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Henry Albert Williams; Sergeant/Navigator; age 27; R.A.F.V.R.

Leslie Dennis Perry; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; R.A.F.V.R.

Edward Victor Smith; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

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