Bowen-Morris (VB)

The Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that VB Bowen-Morris was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties, prior to cessation of hostilities in Europe:

  1. 10/04/1945 Leipzig
  2. 11/04/1945 Bayreuth
  3. 14/04/1945 Potsdam (Failed to Return)
  4. 07/05/1945 Ypenburg (Operation Manna)

The following shows the composition of his crew on these sorties, along with the number of sorties undertaken by each airman as part of his crew (as recorded in the squadron’s Operations Record Book). It should be noted that some of these sorties may have been aborted and therefore would not have counted for the purposes of their “Operational Tour”. Details of all flights (including training flights) will be recorded in their Flying Log Books:

(Pilot)Vryan Bernard Bowen-Morris4
(Navigator)Laurence Edwin Hope Gilbert1
Raymond Herbert Harvey Dyer3
(Air Bomber)EG Silcock3
Peter Denny Saville1
(Wireless Operator)Brian Alexander Targett1
Charles Sinclair Gibbon3
(Air Gunner)Douglas Charles MacKay1
E Meredith3
James Little Robb1
John William Tovey3
(Flight Engineer)John Herbert Monk1
William Graham Reynolds3

It is known that some (or all) of these airmen continued to fly operationally with the squadron during the post war clean up, which included repatriation of POW and service personnel, Cooks Tours, testing of German radar and disposal of surplus incendiaries. However, the squadron’s record book only provides a summary of these activities and does not list the individual captains and crews that took part in these sorties.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  1. VB Bowen-Morris landed in neutral territory on 14th / 15th April and returned to the UK and the squadron