|WO/2 Gow Harvey - 431 Squadron|
Warrant Officer Second Class Gow Harvey was serving as Navigator aboard Halifax Mk.V LK 905 SE-D during an operation to Leipzig on February 19/20, 1944. The aircraft took off from Croft at 2321hrs and was intercepted by a night-fighter and shot down near Gardelegen, W/O2 Gow was the only survivor.
The rest of the crew were:
Gow Harvey was born in
Roblin Minnesota U.S.A. and enlisted in the R.C.A.F. Jan. 1942 at Winnipeg.
He graduated from No.8 Air Observers School at Ancienne Lorette P.Q. Nov.
6th 1942. He was t21 years of age when he was taken P.O.W. and sent to
Stalag Luft 6, Hydekrug, East Prussia. When the Russians got too close he
and his fellow prisoners were moved to Fallingsbostel near Hanover. They
were moved once more, this time on a march towards Denmark eventually
meeting up with British troops who told them to head towards France with the
hopes of hooking up with a train or truck. Eventually he was liberated
and returned home.
Photo courtesy of Gow Harvey, research by Bill Heron