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Memorable Manitobans: Manifrank “Frank” Brown (1909-1959)

Pilot, war hero.

Born at Lac du Bonnet, son of T. A. Brown and Rachael Ruby Rose, brother of F. R. Brown, he gained fame as a bush pilot. He also operated a general store at Lac du Bonnet and other commercial enterprises. On 1 May 1937, she married Edythe Waters and they subsequently had two children: Robin Whetter and Hart Brown. During the Second World War, he commanded a Spitfire fighter wing and established the first airfield in Normandy after the D-Day invasion of Europe, in 1944. He received the OBE for his wartime exploits. He fell on some ice in Winnipeg, was taken to the Winnipeg General Hospital, lapsed into a coma, and died on 3 March 1959 and was buried in the Riverland Cemetery.

Sources:

“Flying brothers may become house rivals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1957, page 3.

“Frank Brown dies at 50,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1959, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 1959, page 36.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2014

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