Lieutenant Brian Brownscombe


Unit : 181 Airlanding Field Ambulance.

Army No. : 246170

Awards : George Medal


Lieutenant Brownscombe was a passenger in a glider which landed in the sea about five miles from the coast. All members of the glider crew and passengers got out on to the wings. The glider sank in a very few minutes and it was found that a soldier was in grave danger of drowning. Lieutenant Brownscombe stayed with this man and kept him afloat for five hours until they were both picked up by a boat. Lieutenant Brownscombe then tried to get put ashore, when permission was refused he insisted on helping in the treatment of the wounded and carried on without rest until this task was completed.


Captain "Basher" Brownscombe participated in the Battle of Arnhem, acting as Regimental Medical Officer to the 2nd Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment. He was taken prisoner on the 19th September 1944, and was caring for the wounded in the Municipal Hospital when, outside it on the 24th September, he was quite needlessly shot and killed by a drunken SS reporter; Karl-Gustav Lerche. His murderer twice changed his name after the war in an attempt to avoid retribution, but he was finally caught and stood trial as a war criminal at Munich in 1955, where he was sentenced to 10 years' hard labour.


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