Flt/LT Leslie Brown, Wireless operator

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576 Sqn Lancaster PD 309 recovery

150 Squadron R.A.F.


576 Sqn Wing/Cmdr Basil Arthur Templeman-Rooke

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Leslie Brown

576 Sqn. Flt/Sgt Eddie Wise

49 sqn Flt/Lt Charles Dunnet

49 Sqn Fred Cooper.

576 Sqn F/O William Carland Johnston

49 Sqn Flt/Lt Victor Medway Arnold

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Charles Roach

 49 Sqn Sgt. E.B.(Ted) Cachart.

49 Sqn Sgt Douglas D.R. Dalaway

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Bertram W. Roberts

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Johnny Musgrove

576 Sqn Flying Officer Edward L Saslove

49 Sqn Pilot Officer Edgar R. G. Haines D.F.M.

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Herbert Benson

576 Sqn Flying Officer Frank Wilson

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Dennis Ovenden

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Danny Ranchuk

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Ken Tamkin.

49 Sqn Flying Officer Alexander V Bone

576 Sqn Sgt Stanley Lloyd

576 Sqn Warrant Officer Frederick Taylor, DFM

576 Sqn Warrant Officer Reg Croot

49 Sqn. S/L J.E Raw-Rees D.F.C.

576 Sqn Sgt Alfred Thorpe Turton

 576 Sqn Warrant Officer Eugene Patrick (Jimmy) Collins

576 Sqn. F/O R Bastick & Crew

576 Sqn. Sgt. George Lynn.

576 Sqn Airman Ron Kent

576 Sqn. Sgt. D.Girling.

576 Sqn F/O A.J.L Ridge

576 Sqn F/O Archibald de Largy Greig

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The following information and  images were supplied by David Briggs whose Uncle, Les Brown was a 576 Squadron Wireless Operator based at Fiskerton

from December 1944 until May 1945. Les, a Yorkshireman from S. Kirkby, began flying as a Flt/Sgt and finished as a Flt/lt.

They crewed up on August 6th 1944, began ops on December 29th 1944 flying their last op on 2nd May 1945. Surviving a total of 32 missions,

including some of the most important raids undertaken from Fiskerton, 29 were over germany and 3 over Holland. 

Many thanks to David for giving me the opportunity to place these images on this site.

Crew members still alive today are:  

Les Brown (Wireless Op,) Bill(Pilot,) and Earl(Mid-Upper Gunner,)




Further to the above, Sadly Pilot Bill Holmes passed away in August 2013. Navigator Ken Scruton and Mid-Upper Gunner Earl Grife both died in 2012.

To read the citation on P/O W. Holmes DFC RCAF please select this link:


The Holmes Crew . May 1945. With the struggle finally over, P/O Holmes and crew photographed with lancaster NG273. Y for Yoke. Like the crew, this Lanc also survived and was scrapped off in June 1947. CREW L TO R: Earl Grife RCAF (Mid U/G,),Dave Nimmo RAFVR (Flight Engineer),Ken Scruton RCAF (Navigator),Bill Holmes RCAF (Pilot),Frank Christison RCAF (Bomb Aimer),Woody Parsons RCAF (Rear Gunner),Les Brown RAFVR (Wireless Operator).

Crew names and nationalities from reverse side of crew photo.

Flying log, page 1.

Flying Log page 2.

Flying Log, page 3.

Flying Log page 4.

Flying Log page 5.

Flying log page 6.

Ops details. Dates, target, aircraft serial number.

Bill,(Pilot) and Les(W/O) taken in 2000 at Fiskerton Memorial.

Recent Image of: Earl, Bill & Ken. (Mid-upper, Pilot & Nav.)

Chris,(Bomb Aimer) now deceased, taken in 1950 with his Wife.

Another Lancaster this crew took on ops was ME 801. UL-N2 for Nan. She was a lucky lanc- carrying home her crews a total of 115 times. Click on images for a full-size view.

This picture of the crew and Ground crew was sent over from the USA by the crews Pilot Bill Holmes. It shows the crews Lancaster RA 514 R- Roger in its dispersal on the eastern side of Fiskerton.( B flight dispersals) this Lancaster completed 21 Operations , being struck of charge and scrapped on 19th May 1947.

ME801 N-Nan squared seen a few days after completing its 100th operation to Dortmund on the evening of 11/12 march 1945. The pilot on this 100th operation was Flight Lt Leyton Brown . My uncle Flight Lt leslie brown Flew in this lancaster on its 99th operation to the German city of Essen on 10/11 march 1945 with the crew of Flying Officer William Holmes. The Lancaster is seen at the eastern Head of Fiskertons main runway proudly displaying its 100 Bomb tallies and the DFC badge below the pilots port window.

Image of Flt.Lt. Brown taken on the day of his commissioning at Scampton in 1945.

Flt. Lt. Les Brown. This image was taken in 1946 in India shortly after recovering from malaria.

Taken in 1951 outside the crew wartime hut at Fiskerton .Flt. Lt. Brown and wife Joan.

Dave Nimmo,(Flight Engineer,)with his wife outside the crew wartime hut at Fiskerton. 1951.

Leslie and Dave's Aunt Joan displaying the Sqns coat of arms and Group Captain TJ Arbuthnots pilots Log

Leslie and joan at their wedding in may 1945 at Hemsworth parish church the best man was F/O George Rothwell the 14 year old girl between leslie and joan is the mother of david Briggs