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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.


“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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