Supplied by Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan…

(Sault Ste. Marie—June 4, 2019) During the Second World War, Sault resident Richard “Dick” Brown took part in the invasion of Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944 as a tail gunner with the 644th Squadron of the Royal Airforce. Their plane towed gliders, each with 30 troops, to the continent. They also dropped arms and ammunition, along with special agents. It was a very risky mission.

Of the 425,000 troops who took part in this critical invasion, Canadians took the most casualties. More than 18,000 were injured. More than 5,000 Canadians died in that invasion. Brown survived.

Early in 2019, Sault Ste. Marie resident Richard “Dick” Brown contacted Sheehan’s office. Staff contacted Veterans Affairs for details surrounding the historic ceremonies, and provided detailed information to Brown, who was selected to join the Canadian contingent. Forty-five D-Day veterans left Canada this past Sunday to attend the D-Day 75th Anniversary events on Juno Beach.

Office staff were pleased to work with Brown to get his passport delivered in time for the trip. Sheehan chatted with Brown on Friday and the two posed for a picture. Sheehan thanked Brown for his service. “I was honoured and proud to get the opportunity to speak with this great man, just before he left. I thanked him for his service and was impressed by all that he had done on that historic day.”

 

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KiSS 100.5 had a chance to interview Dick Brown prior to his trip to Northern France for the 75th Anniversary ceremonies.

Among the Second World War veterans gathering in northern France to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day is a Sault Ste. Marie air force veteran.
95-year old Dick Brown would have been just 20-years old when he served as a tail gunner aboard the 4 engine bomber the Halifax when they carried out a special operations mission the night before the landing of the allies on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th 1944.
Dick was the only Canadian of an otherwise British crew and he talks about the mission…

The goal of the mission was to secure two key bridges to support the allies the next day.   Brown says the people in the area don’t forget the vets…

Brown’s trip this time around is extra special because his grandson 25-year old Anden Brown who is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces has made the trip with him.