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    Default SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Dear all,

    I am attempting to identify the above individual from the 115 Sqn ORB. He appears throughout the first half of 1940, variously as an AC, LAC and subsequently as a Sgt, and in various Wellington crews. Unfortunately, his initials and servive number are never mentioned. He shouldn't be confused with an individual named Stowe (who was later awarded the DFM).

    Are there any squadron experts out there who can assist, please?

    Many thanks

    Jonny

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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Jonny,
    If nobody comes up with an answer – or even a steer – then let us know.
    There are only 125-odd Stow’s on AIR 78/152/8 and/or FWR. This is a manageable number. If push comes to shove I think we could reduce that number to a single digit using rafcommands “sleight-of-hand” and/or “Ways&Means”. Cogitate upon it!
    I never did like being beaten by mere numbers!!!
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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Jonny

    He's in the ORB from December 1939:

    https://www.115squadron-raf.be/ORB%20ws/1939%20012.html

    Number four in a Wellington crew - does that make him a W/Op/Air Gunner?

    One possible...

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...hp?qnum=113759

    According to an obituary in the Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian of January 10th 1942 he had joined the R.A.F four years before his death, so 1937-38?

    Regards

    Simon
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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    I can't find him the Sqn ORB Appendices and unlike other NCO aircrew, he doesn't get a mention when he leaves the unit. Likewise, he appears to have been a lucky chap, not having been involved in any incidents that might assist in narrowing down the search. I'm 99% sure he was a WOp/AG, but I remain at a bit of a loss on this one.

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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Another two possibilities

    Sgt Eric STOW 506741 RAF commissioned to P/O 53997 wef 15/01/1944 (LG 14/04/44)

    He was a gunner on 57 Sqdn Lancaster LM579 that was lost on the 25/08/44. POW Stalag Luft L3.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/06779.php

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    Sgt Robert Henry STOW 578017 later 54278 awarded DFM 1943 (F/Eng on 51 Squadron flying Halifax) and DFC in 1945 (F/Eng on 158 Squadron flying Halifax)

    Both men have the right length of service and served on Bomber Command

    Chris
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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Thanks Chris,

    Robert Henry Stow is an unlikely candidate as his service number indicates an early 1940 enlistment, along with his function as a Flight Engr (which Wellingtons didn't carry); although it is possible he re-rolled later in his service.

    Eric Stow remains a possibility, although I would have expected him to have been promoted beyond the rank of Sgt by 1944, if he was wearing that aircrew rank in the Summer of 1940.

    Rgds

    Jonny

    Edit - It is confirmed that Robert Henry Stow was a Halton Aircraft Apprentice who entered the scheme in early 1940. He can not be the 115 chap.
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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Below are all the pre-1940 Stow's from FWR ordered by Year. The three 1938s possibly most likely?

    Stow E C 49105 1916
    Stow J 27433 1916
    Stow W A 37269 1916
    Stow A 230956 1917
    Stow Ashton H 226244 1917
    Stow E 73447 1917
    Stow R R 98923 1917
    Stow F N 118398 1918
    Stow W 300311 1918
    Stow J T 351196 1922
    Stow Cyril 549630 1925
    Stow Eric 506741 1925
    Stow Frederick George 841796 1925
    Stow Walter Leonard 505688 1925
    Stow Robert Henry 578017 1926
    Stow Alfred William 652072 1938
    Stow Henry Edward 626358 1938
    Stow Ronald Leslie 640133 1938
    Stow M 882745 1939

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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Peter

    Stow Henry Edward 626358 - there's a Corporal Henry Edward Stow R.A.F. mentioned in an article in the Newark Herald of November 4th 1944, so I think he can be possibly be discounted?

    Regards

    Simon
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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Peter,

    Thanks for compiling the list. My apologies for being picky, but you are slightly out on your enlistment years for the following, and it may make a difference to the shortlist of candidates:

    Stow E C 49105 1916
    Stow J 27433 1916
    Stow W A 37269 1916
    Stow A 230956 1917
    Stow Ashton H 226244 1917
    Stow E 73447 1917
    Stow R R 98923 1917
    Stow F N 118398 1918
    Stow W 300311 1918
    Stow J T 351196 1922
    Stow Cyril 549630 1925 (should read February 1938)
    Stow Eric 506741 1925 (should read August 1927)
    Stow Frederick George 841796 1925 (AAF - should read 1939)
    Stow Walter Leonard 505688 1925 (should read March 1927)
    Stow Robert Henry 578017 1926 (should read 1940 (41 Entry Halton A.A.)
    Stow Alfred William 652072 1938 (should read July 1939)
    Stow Henry Edward 626358 1938
    Stow Ronald Leslie 640133 1938 (should read Apr 1939)
    Stow M 882745 1939

    Many thanks again

    Jonny

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    Default Re: SGT STOW, 115 Sqn 1940

    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    Peter

    Stow Henry Edward 626358 - there's a Corporal Henry Edward Stow R.A.F. mentioned in an article in the Newark Herald of November 4th 1944, so I think he can be possibly be discounted?

    Regards

    Simon
    Simon,

    I concur. Thanks for passing the information on to me.

    ATB

    Jnny

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