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Sergeant Peter BOWER (524415) of the Royal Air Force

Lost in aircraft Blenheim I L8476  AIR81/882

Death of Death 1940-06-11 .

Served in 45 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Column 239. at Alamein Memorial, Egypt


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National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/882Aircraftman 1st Class J W Allison, Sergeant P Bower and Sergeant S G Fox: missing presumed dead; Blenheim L8476 failed to return from an operational flight in the area of Tobruk, Libya, 11 June 1940.C14502528

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1940-01-01 11 Jun 40 Aircraft Name Blenheim I Serial Number L8476
Unit 45 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country Egypt
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Blenheim I L8476

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Aircraftman 1st ClassJohn William ALLISON (543233) Blenheim I L8476  AIR81/882 1940-06-1145 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantPeter BOWER (524415) Blenheim I L8476  AIR81/882 1940-06-1145 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantStanley George FOX (747815) Blenheim I L8476  AIR81/882 1940-06-1145 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial

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Blackmail Op's[QUOTE=bruce dennis;15844]Ken, I thought so too, until I found the first duplication (2x Operation Bowery, both in 1942). I then heard from one of the assistants at The National Archives that there have been several cases brought to their attention. The best laid plans... Hope this helps, Bruce[/QUOTE] Hi Bruce, I know that one Op Bowery related to the delivery of Spitifres to Malta in 1942, but what was the other for? Adrian ....Read More.AdrianR8 on 5th October 2008 06:05:52
Blackmail Op's[QUOTE=AdrianR8;15847]Hi Bruce, I know that one Op Bowery related to the delivery of Spitifres to Malta in 1942, but what was the other for? Adrian[/QUOTE] Adrian, The ‘other’ Operation Bowery was an attack by Allied destroyers and MTBs on the German Armed Merchant Cruiser (Hilfskreuzer) Komet which was attempting to break out into the Atlantic via the French coast in October of 1942. Coastal Command Swordfish were involved, while CC Swordfish, Albacores and Hudsons plus USAAF 'borrowed' DB-7s had all attempted attacks on the same target in the preceding two weeks without success. Concerning the Operation Oppidan/Handsford question, it has just occurred to me: was Operation Bowery the American name for the mission? Bruce ....Read More.bruce dennis on 6th October 2008 04:58:49
Screened pilot/Navigator[QUOTE=Errol Martyn;28977]...So their Malta tour was a little over four months.[/QUOTE] My grandfather arrived there as one of the Op Bowery pilots (9th May 1942). He was still there in October (or possibly November, the records are inconsistent) when he did something he shouldn't have done. I wonder how things might have turned out for him had he been screened earlier like many of his colleagues. Adrian ....Read More.AdrianR8 on 12th May 2009 07:36:15
601 SquadronPhil, I've checked Douglas-Hamilton's "The Air Battle for Malta", but there is no reference to your grandfather in that book. Angus Mansfield's "Barney Barnfather" covers, in part, Operation Bowery (the resupply of Spitfires to Malta on 9 May 1942) in a nice overview, but the book does not mention your grandfather. Denis Barnham's "One Man's Window" has no index to reference, but from memory he was with 601 Squadron at Luqa. There is a group photo around of all the Op Bowery pilots taken on the USS Wasp. I can't remember the name right now of the British Carrier used in the Operation, but obviously those pilots are not present for the photo. I recall that there was at least one pilot in a very light coloured uniform. But whether that is SAAF or otherwise, I don't know. Regards Adrian ....Read More.AdrianR8 on 6th September 2011 09:36:03
Non-operational Squadron Flights?[QUOTE=ian94avenge;73659]Hello Adrian, Could I ask the name of your grandfather as one of our local fliers served with 611 sqdn Sept to Nov 5, 1941 on which date he was shot down. I am gathering material about the life of Sgt William Philip Dales (also with 74 sqdn) and so any link and/or info / photos for the 611 sqdn period appreciated. Ian[/QUOTE]Hi Ian, My grandfather was RAAF 404447 SGT William Robert "Bob" IRWIN. He arrived at 611 Sqdn (from 61 OTU) on 28 Oct 41 and remained there until 4 Jan 42. Postings to various squadrons over the next 4 months until he arrived back at 611 Sqdn on 17 Apr 42, posted supernumery to Drem Station shortly after and then flew into Malta with Op Bowery on 9 May 42. ....Read More.AdrianR8 on 27th February 2012 06:40:01

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