Laid to rest at Ipswich Cemetery.
Born: 18th April 1916, Durham, Ontario, Canada.
Died: 21st February 1941; age 24; aircraft accident at Alderton, Suffolk.
Marvin joined the R.A.F. on a short service commission in March 1939. After training he was posted on the 6th November 1939 to 242 Squadron at R.A.F. Station Church Fenton, Yorkshire.
On the 16th May 1940, he was attached to 85 Squadron and posted to France.
He was wounded on the 18th May 1940, flying Hawker Hurricane N2320 whilst taking part in a patrol with 8 other Hurricanes at Le Cateau, Northern France. At 07:00hrs the patrol encountered Me-110Cs from I/ZG76, 5 Hurricanes were shot down. Marvin suffered bullet wounds in his right leg. He survived and was evacuted to England, a bullet would always remain in Marvin’s body. On the 13th July 1940 he joined 242 Squadron. On the 17th October 1940, Marvin was flying Hawker Hurricane P3207, his aircraft was damaged at 09:25hrs by Do-17 during return fire whilst off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Group Photo – Battle-hardened pilots of No.242 (Canadian) Fighter Squadron pose in front of the Commanding Officer’s Hawker Hurricane Mk.I at RAF Station Duxford. (L- R) D.W. Crowley-Milling (RAF), P/O HUGH NORMAN TAMBLYN from Yorkton, Saskatchewan-killed in action 3 April 1941, F/L Stan Turner from Toronto, Ontario, P/O Norman Neil Campbell from St.Thomas, Ontario-killed in action 17 October 1940. P/O William ‘Willie’ Lidstone McKnight from Edmonton, Alberta-killed in action 12 January 1941, S/L D.R.S ‘Douglas’ Bader-Commanding Officer of No. 242 (Canadian) Fighter Squadron, F/L G.E. Ball (RAF)-killed in action after Battle of Britain, P/O M.G. Homer (RAF)-killed in action 27 September 1940, P/O M.K. Brown of Kincardine, Ontario – killed in flying accident on 21 February, 1941.
Rank: Flying Officer; Service Number: 42101.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 242 (Canadian) Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William John & Annie Brown, of Kincardine, Ontario, Canada.
1921 Huron Township, Bruce South, Ontario, Canada.
Marvin was 5 years old and living with his parents and brothers.
William John Brown, 67, a Farmer, born Clarke, Durham West, Ontatio.
Annie Brown (nee Hawke), 44, born Brotton, North Yorkshire.
William Henry Conrad Brown, 21, a Farmer’s Son, born Ontario.
Earl Carlyle Brown, 16, born Ontario.
Thomas Leroy Brown, 14, born Ontario.
Verner Clayton Brown, 10, born Ontario.
The Brown family were Methodists, could read & write (except Marvin) and spoke English, not French. Their home had 8 rooms. Annie had immigrated in 1874.
Marvin’s father, William John Brown died May 1933, Ontario.
Major William John Brown’s name was embroidered on the Culross World War 1 Quilt, a Canadian Signature Quilt http://crcq.webplus.net/page1067.html
21st Febraury 1941
Aircraft: Hawker Hurricane; serial number: N2476. Marvin was on a local flight when he spun into the ground and crashed at Grange Farm, Alderton, Suffolk.
From a newspaper clipping – Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me.
Mrs. Brown received a letter from a friend in England who attended the funeral. That the casket was borne by six members of the R.A.F. Members of his squadron flew low in salute, while other members fired a volley over the grave.
A memorial service in honour of Flying Officer Brown was held at Emmanuel Evangellical Church on the 30th March 1941. The servive was conducted by Rev. H.A. Kellerman, pastor of the church and close friend of the young flying officer.
In March 1941, Marvin’s mother, Annie and his sister, Sylvia Larena Weber (nee Brown), wife of Lorne Burbacher Weber, the Reeve of Waterloo Township received a letter written a few days before he was killed in the flying accident. In the letter Marvin told of “chatting with the Kind and Queen,” making special mention of a private “chat” he had with Queen Elizabeth. “The Queen is much prettier than in her pictures and very pleasant,” he said.
Also in his letter home he wrote that his poor old airplane is in maintenance (in the repair shop) after having five bullets shot through her. He added, however, that he expected to ‘take delivery’ of a new plane in a day or two.