Brown, Roye Wilmott “Bill” (Flying Officer, b.1918 - d.1942)

Accession Number PR03872
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Brown, Roye Wilmott
Place made Canada, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1941-1942
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Collection relating to the Second World War service of 404932 Flying Officer Roye Wilmott Brown, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), attached to 103 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF), Canada and England, 1941-1942.

Collection consists of two letters from Flying Officer Brown to Sheila Elanor Williams (later Fry).

In his first letter, written from a training school in Canada on 14 September 1941, Brown tells Sheila about finishing his exams, doing his final test to get his pilot’s licence (his “wings”), wishing he could talk to his family at home, looking forward to seeing friends at his next posting, enjoying the food, the warm buildings, flying over the Rocky Mountains, and expecting to travel to England soon.

In Brown’s second letter to Sheila, written from England on 22 January 1942, he describes being frustrated and not having much work to do, the snowy landscape, the book he is reading, and his underwhelming Christmas. Brown also comments on the state of the war in the East, his thoughts on the world before the war, a previous visit to New York City, and his impressions of London.

Flying Officer Roye Wilmott Brown died in a flying battle over North West Europe on 12 April 1942.