- Ernest Charles Brown was the son of Henry John and Violet Lily
Brown of Camden Town, London.
- On 23 september 1944 he was the air bomber on Stirling LJ883
(V8-K). The plane left England from Harwell Airfield and flew to
Oosterbeek for resupplying the men of the 1st British Airborne Division.
After finishing dropping the supplies the aircraft was down to 500 feet
when it was struck by AA fire and a serious blaze started in the port
wing. The aircraft continued to descend and struck the ground in the
woods just north of Planken Wambuis, at around 16.30 h, on the Amsterdamseweg, north of
Wolfheze, killing Flying officers William Kirkham (pilot), Ernest Brown
(air bomber), David Atkinson (air bomber) and Morris Hand (navigator),
Sergeant Harrold Ashton and Lance-Corporal Gerard Reardon of the 253rd
Company RASC. When the plane struck the ground the rear turret broke off
and probably that saved Flight Sergeant George Wood (air gunner) and
despatcher Driver Stanley Badham. Both were hidden by the Dutch
resistance and later escaped back across the Rhine.
- Ernest Brown was buried next to the aircraft, beside the edge of a
wood. He was later reburied at the Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek.
- In september 1998 a small memorial was placed on the site of the
crash of Stirling LJ883.