By Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork
A desirable look at the intense historical past of the Sowrey relatives; an RAF dynasty whose carrier spans the 1st sixty-five years of the RAF's lifestyles.
Members fought in either global wars and 5 of the Sowreys have been provided the Air strength pass, among their different various undefined. 3 brothers, John, Fred and William, all served in international conflict I with contrast earlier than provider in Iraq and the center East. the subsequent iteration of Sowreys all started at Cranwell in 1938; one used to be killed in motion within the Western wilderness yet John Jr. and Freddie served all through, on fighter operations within the wilderness and north-west Europe, while a sister served within the WAAF. additionally in the course of international battle II Air Cdre William Sowrey served as an AOC within the often-forgotten crusade in East Africa. John Sowrey went directly to develop into a try out pilot within the halcyon days of 1950-fighters and Freddie served in warring parties sooner than taking on extra senior coverage and diplomatic appointments in the course of the chilly battle.
Their varied person careers and reviews world wide offer nice scope for research into the historical past and improvement of the RAF from global warfare I to the later phases of the chilly struggle. the writer, Graham Pitchfork, spent thirty-six years within the RAF, as a navigator, and commanded a Buccaneer squadron, Director of Air war and, ahead of retiring in 1995, was once a Director of army Intelligence on the Ministry of security. He has collaborated with Air Marshal Sir Freddie Sowrey, founding father of the RAF historic Society, getting access to useful files and a good selection of photos for you to convey to lifestyles an incredibly enticing and enlightening story of this so much courageous and designated of households.