November 13th, 2012 marked the dedication ceremony for the A. Roy Brown memorial mural, at 220 Bridge Street in Carleton Place. Funded by the Town of Carleton Place, this mural is an excellent depiction of the famous WWI battle between Captain A. Roy Brown and the famed Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. The original art was provided by the renowned military artist, Mr. Stephen P. Quick, from a book by Lieutenant-Colonel David L. Bashow called ‘Knights of the air”. The mural was painted by Ottawa artist Shaun McInnis, and completed in September 2012.
Arthur Roy Brown is the WWI flying ace officially credited with shooting down German pilot Manfred von Richtohofen over France, on April 21, 1918. The Australians have always claimed that it was their ground gunners who were responsible for downing the Red Baron, but the evidence credits Brown with the deed. There is a new book at the library, a two volume set, written by Alan D. Bennett, called “Captain Roy Brown: a true story of the Great War, 1914-1918,” that sheds more light on the life of A. Roy Brown, and in particular, on this famous battle.
Below are some pictures of the event, and of the mural as well, which I captured on 13 November, 2012.
Follow this link to read the Ottawa Citizen report on the mural : http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Dave+Brown+Great+hero+found+downing+infamous+Baron/7567574/story.html