Edwin Buckley BOWEN
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died on
Saturday 19 December 1942. Age 27
Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bowen, of Ilford, Essex; husband of Tryphena Edith Bowen, of Ilford.
LE ROZEL CHURCHYARD, Manche, France.
Le Rozel is a small village and commune 24 kilometres south-west of Cherbourg. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1939-1945 war here, 7 metres north of the north-eastern corner of the church.
No. of Identified Casualties
271 Squadron, 44 (Ferry) Group, Ferry Command - 19 December 1942
Flying Officer Edwin Buckley BOWEN
Harrow II K7011
Crew and passengers:
From 271 Squadron,
Flying Officer Edwin Buckley BOWEN, 115669, age 27, RAFVR
Flight Sergeant Richard George BRETT, 926796, RAFVR
Flight Sergeant John BRISTER, 643049, age 21, RAF
Squadron Leader Godfrey Allison BROWN, 70089, age 33, RAFVR
Pilot Officer Peter Marsh BURTON, 132123, age 20, RAFVR
Leading Aircraftman Philip CASHMORE, 936370, age 22, RAFVR
Flight Lieutenant Edward Thomson HALLEY, 72991, RAFVR
Flying Officer William Milton HENDERSON, 132361, age 24, RAFVR
Flying Officer John Glen McCAULEY, 118987, age 30, RAFVR (John McCauley was from New Zealand ; his wife, Joan Dorothy McCauley, was in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand)
From other units on board,
Lieutenant Andrew Jervis HAWKINS, age 21, HMS 'FORMIDABLE', Royal Navy
Major Harold John PALMER MiD, 136336, age 48, 140 'Z' Battery, Royal Artillery
Mr Errol Martyn has the following details in Volume 1 of his book For Your Tomorrow for Saturday 18/Sunday 19 December 1942:
"Ferry flight from Portreath, Cornwall, to Gibraltar.
271 Squadron, Doncaster, Yorkshire, 44 Group.
Harrow II K7011 took off at 0215 captained by Squadron Leader Geoffrey Allison BROWN, RAFVR, and brought down over the Bay of Biscay, killing the four crew and six passengers (two of whom were non Air Force). Four bodies later washed ashore along the French coast and were recovered, but of the others there was no trace, including a NZ'er who is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The name of the NZ'er was Flying Officer John Glen McCauley RAFVR."
Pilot Officer Peter Marsh BURTON is buried in Plouhinec Communal Cemetery, Finistère, Brittany, France
Lieutenant Andrew Jervis HAWKINS is buried in Lanildut Churchyard, Finistère, Brittany, France
Flying Officer William Milton HENDERSON is buried in Cherbourg Old Cemetery, Manche, Normandy, France (Plot 6, Row E, Grave 1)
Major Harold John PALMER MiD is commemorated on Brookwood Memorial (Panel 2, Column 1)
Are commemorated on Runnymede Memorial:
Flight Sergeant Richard George BRETT, Panel 73
Flight Sergeant John BRISTER, Panel 73
Squadron Leader Godfrey Allison BROWN, Panel 65
Leading Aircraftman Philip CASHMORE, Panel 97
Flight Lieutenant Edward Thomson HALLEY, Panel 65
Flying Officer John Glen McCAULEY, New Zealand, Panel 67
Thanks to Linzee, Henk Welting & Errol Martyn
3: Le Rozel
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