Flying Officer Rowland Jones  -  431 Squadron  
   

Flying Officer Rowland Jones -RAFVR

 

 Flying Officer Rowland Woolley Jones was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Halifax Mk.III LK-837 coded SE-L during an operation to bomb the synthetic oil plant at Sterkrade-Holten on the June 16/17 1944. The aircraft left Croft at 2314hrs but was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Meijel (Limburg) some 15km north east of Weert. Six of the crew members, including F/O Rowland Jones were killed. 

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O Elmer Johnson

RCAF

Pilot

-

26

P/O Donald Shenton

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

-

-

F/O R.C.B.Garrity - EVD

RCAF

Navigator

-

-

F/O Rowland Woolley Jones

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Surrey

20

Pilot Officer William Chapman

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Cheam, Surrey

22

Sgt Edward Green

RCAF

Air Gunner

Toronto, Ontario

21

Sgt Vernon Obright

RCAF

Air Gunner

Walkerton, Ontario

21

 Flying Officer Rowland Woolley Jones RAFVR was born in 1924 in Surrey, England. He originally posted in to 431 Squadron on September 18, 1943 as a member of the Craig crew, with whom he flew 13 operations. Rowland joined the Johnson crew after their regular Bomb Aimer, P/O Gordon Jose was killed while serving a mid under gunner with the Artyniuk crew during an operation to Versailles on June 7/8. He is buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery near Nijmegen along with 3 other members of the crew. F/O Johnson and Sergeant Obright are buried in Groesbeek Canadian war cemetery.

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Rowland Jones

 

 The crew's Navigator, F/O Garrity, evaded capture and returned safely to the UK on September 7, 1944. Rowland's Halifax was one of four lost by 431 Squadron during the operation to Sterkrade. 

 

Photos courtesy of Claire Jones, research by Linda Ibrom