Flying Officer George Bovett - 15 Squadron  
   
 

Flying Officer George William Bovett - RAFVR 

 Flying Officer George Bovett was serving as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on board Lancaster Mk.I NN700 coded LS-Q on  August 7 1944 when it took off from Mildenhall at 2147hrs to bomb the German positions at Rocquecourt in Normandy . The aircraft crashed in the English Channel with the loss of everyone aboard.

 The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/L John Potter Ball

RAF

Pilot

Liverpool

24

Sgt Dennis Ward

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Ruislip, Middlesex

23

F/O Edmund Leah

RAFVR

Navigator

Todmorden,Yorkshire

21

F/O Bernard Wrenshall

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Victoria,B.C.

31

F/O George Bovett

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Camberwell,London

-

Sgt Albert Barkshire

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Morden,Surrey

37

Sgt George Morrison

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Belfast,Co.Antrim

19

F/O George William Bovett RAFVR was from Camberwell, London, the second youngest, and only boy in a family of five. Married to Jenny, they had two children, John who was aged three and Jenifer who was a baby when George was killed. Much loved by his sisters, he was known as a prankster with a great sense of humour. His death had a devastating impact on all the family

 F/O Leah is buried in Walsden (St.Peter) Church at Todmorden,Yorkshire, while George Bovett and the remaining crew members have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Cutting, research by Linda Ibrom.