WO/2 Gow Harvey - 431 Squadron  
 

 

W/O2 Gow Harvey-RCAF

 

  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:

 

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O Murray Sonshine

RCAF

Pilot

Toronto, Ontario

26

F/O Ross J. Kee

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Lambton City, Ontario

23

F/O John A. Houston

RCAF

W/Op/A/G

Sault Saint Marie, Ontario

26

F/O David A. McKerry

RCAF

Mid Upper Gunner

Toronto, Ontario

20

Sgt. Robert E. Gillanders

RCAF

Rear Gunner

Toronto, Ontario

20

Sgt. Arnold C. Twitchett

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

England

18

 

 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