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    Default S/L Lowes Wilmot JLS 174910 N 182 Sqdn KIA Hasselt Belgium 1/02/1945

    Hello ,

    Is there someone who can help me with a picture of S/L Lowes Wilmot JLS 174910 N182 sqdn KIA crashlanding at Hasselt Belgium on 01/02/1945

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    Default Re: S/L Lowes Wilmot JLS 174910 N 182 Sqdn KIA Hasselt Belgium 1/02/1945

    Alain,
    Can't help with pic.
    But you might have his s/n wrong? I have:-
    26-Mar-1944. 1245950 W/O Wilmot John Lorton Spencer LOWES Cmd Plt Off(p) (174410) RAFVR GD. (from LG).
    HTH
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    Default Re: S/L Lowes Wilmot JLS 174910 N 182 Sqdn KIA Hasselt Belgium 1/02/1945

    Alain,

    You may want to look towards the state of Florida.

    Lowes entered the US at Detroit from Canada on 30 September 1941. He had arrived at Halifax from the UK on 24 September.

    He was sent to the Lincoln Flying School in Lakeland, Florida for aircrew training. At the time he listed his occupation as "RAF aircrew". Self described as 6' tall, fresh complexion, brown hair, brown eyes.

    Next of kin given as Mr J. Lowes (father) 157 Gammons Lane, Watford, Herts.

    Regards,

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    Default Re: S/L Lowes Wilmot JLS 174910 N 182 Sqdn KIA Hasselt Belgium 1/02/1945

    Hello,

    Lowes had previously served on No.247 Squadron:

    12 June 1944
    No.247 Sqn
    Typhoon Ib JR524:XY-D

    Hit by flak forced landed B.2 Bazenville.

    174410 P/O W.J.L.S. 'Bill' LOWES - Safe (p.153).

    The next sortie came in the evening (12 June, 1944), with 36 Typhoons of No.124 Wing attacking railway guns at Torigni-sur-Vire. On pilot reported: "Being last in there wasn't much to be seen; by the time we arrived the whole target was enveloped in a cloud of dust. The presence of pretty concentrated flak necessitated a steep fast attackwith no loitering about when releasing one's rockets. nevertheless, RP shooting was bang on and practically all rockets reached their objective."
    Ammunition trucks were seen to blow up with spectacular results. Two of No.247's aircraft were hit: Plt Off Bill Lowes' engine began to falter having been hit by flak as he pulled out of the target area, but he managed to coax his Typhoon back to land safely at a Spitfire strip within the bridgehead. Fg Off 'Killer' Sellick received a shell through the roundel of his starboard wing, neatly severing a rocket in the process. (p.74).

    See:
    Rise From The East - The Story of No.247 (China-British)Squadron Royal Air Force.
    Marchant,David John
    Tunbridge Wells:Air-Britain (Historians),1996.
    pp.60 (poor photo*), 64, 72-4, 76, 82, 86, 153.

    * Caption reads: Pilots outside their mess tent at Merston in August 1943. L to R - Flt Sgt Betts, FO Waugh, Sgt Eckel, FOs Watchorn, Tatham, Chappell, Van Zuilecom, Gear; Flt Lt Brayshaw; Flt Sgt Lowes.

    NB. The above photograph is reproduced in the following publication (larger, but not much better!). Lowes' demise is also mentioned, on p. 209 - 1 Feb 45 - 182 Sqn - Typhoon RB276 - F/L W. J. L. S. Lowes (K) - engine failure, force landed 7 m north of Hasselt.:

    The Typhoon & Tempest Story.
    Thomas,Chris & Christopher Shores.
    London:Arms and Armour Press,1988.
    pp.61 & 209.

    Col.
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    Default Re: S/L Lowes Wilmot JLS 174910 N 182 Sqdn KIA Hasselt Belgium 1/02/1945

    Hello ,

    Thank you all for the help

    Alzin12

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