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Sydney MacGillvary Brown
Born 10 August 1895
Died 7 April 1952
Place of birth Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
Place of death Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Flying services
Years of service 1917 - 1918; also during World War II
Rank Lieutenant
Unit No. 29 Squadron RAF
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross, French Croix de Guerre
Other work Author and associate professor of medieval history.

Sydney MacGillvary Brown was an author and associate professor of medieval history at Duquesne University. He originally gained renown as a World War I flying ace. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship to earn his Ph.D before going on to a distinguished academic career.[1]

World War I serviceEdit

Brown joined the Royal Flying Corps in July 1917. On 4 July 1918, he was assigned to 29 Squadron, which was operating Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5as at the time. He destroyed a Fokker D.VII on 12 August 1918, a DFW reconnaissance plane on the 19th, another Fokker D.VII on 28 September, an observation balloon on 27 October 1918, and a third D.VII on the 28th.[2]

Honors and awardsEdit

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

2nd Lieut. Sydney MacGillvary Brown. (FRANCE)

On 28 October, when on offensive patrol, this officer, in company with three other machines, attacked nine Fokkers; three of the latter were destroyed, 2nd Lieut. Brown accounting for one. In addition, he has three hostile aircraft and one balloon to his credit. He is a fearless and intrepid officer.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 February 1919 (31170/2036)

See alsoEdit


  1. "Sydney Brown". 
  2. Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 90. 


  • Shores, Christopher F., Norman L. R. Franks, Russell Guest (1990). Above the Trenches: a Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. Grub Street. ISBN 0-948817-19-4, ISBN 978-0-948817-19-9.

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