Pilot Officer O.E.R. Davies - 431 Squadron  
 

 

Pilot Officer Davies

 

 P/O Davies was amongst the first aircrew to join 431 Squadron soon after its inception at Burn.

  Intially joining the Fleet Air Arm just before the outbreak of the war P/O Davies was posted to the U.S. for training in Americus, Georgia where he was training to be a pilot, however, this was not to be and he then trained as a Navigator flying in PBY5A Catalina aircraft out of Pensacola. On completion of his training he was posted to 431 Squadron where he teamed up with the Davis crew and because of his Welsh nationality he was commonly known as ‘Taffy” he completed his tour and was screened March 31st 1944 and was posted to No.17 O.T.U. Silverstone

  By the time hed had left the Air Force he had attained the rank of F/Lt. and after the cessation of hostilities in Europe he went to work for B.O.A.C. flying in Dakotas mainly in India and Pakistan moving on to flying in the Empire Flying Boats, which were really converted Sunderlands.

 

 

  Photo and information courtesy of Gordon Davies.