The goal of this organization is a fundraising effort, to erect a memorial statue in memory of local World War 1 Flying Ace, Captain A. Roy Brown, who was credited with the downing of Baron Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron" on April 21st, 1918.
Carleton Place, with a population of just 4,300 produced 23 military pilots during the First World War. Eight of these achieved the status of "Ace" with a combined 93 victories. A total of 199 Canadians received the Distinguished Service Cross. Seven pilots from Carleton Place received this award. Capt A. Roy Brown received the honour twice, and was inducted as a Member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015. The monument will include several plaques detailing the story of the local First World War pilots.
Roy Brown never lost a pilot under his command during the entirety of the war. A remarkable achievement considering the average lifespan of an allied pilot during the war was 17.5 flying hours. They used to call rookie pilots the 20-Minute Club because the life expectancy of a new pilot in combat in 1916-17 was 20 minutes.
Rise of Flight: The Death of the Red Baron