1450547, Sergeant (Air Gunner), Robert Sidney BOWERS
Aged 19

15 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in Action on Thursday 18th November 1943

Born Q2-1924 [Newmarket 3b:696]. Son of Montague Neville and Ivy Maud BOWERS (née WALKER), of Peck Villa, Exning Road, Newmarket.

In the 1939 register his father Montague [16-12-1899] a butcher's assistant and mother Ivy [4-10-1900] were at 1 Peck's Villas, Euclid Place, Exning Road, Newmarket. There are 2 closed records(one will be his younger brother Montague).

He enlisted in the RAF Regiment (when this photograph was taken)

and transferred to aircrew. Two of his uncles were killed in WW1, Archie Bowers see here and Sidney Bowers.. see here

Air Gunner in Short Stirling Mk III BK707, call sign LS-G of 15 Squadron, which took off from Mildenhall 17:15 on 18th November 1943 for Mannheim, and crashed (cause not known) near Souain, 30 km NW of Chalon sur Marne, France, killing all the crew who were:
F/S J.S.Calder RNZAF ; Sgt D.Curry ; F/S J.W.Childs ; P/O P.L.Bowden ; Sgt J.M.Bliss ; Sgt R.S.Bowers ; Sgt G.L.Gard.
Possibly the Stirling claimed by Oberfeldwebel Reinhard Kollack of 8/NJG 4 in that region around 21:19 hrs

Robert's temporary grave marker

The crew's graves at the end of the war

© Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Robert is buried in Souain Communal Cemetery, France- Ref: grave 2

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