Air Commodore W Sowrey

Fatboy Coxy

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Aug 24, 2019
Hi all

Can anyone shed any more light on Air Commodore W Sowrey. He's part of the famous Sowrey family. I know he was born 8 Aug1894 and died 15 Feb 1968. The senior posts he held were

25 Jul 1940 - Officer Commanding, AHQ East Africa
19 Oct 1940 - AOC, AHQ East Africa.
15 Dec 1941 - AOC, No 207 (Training) Group.
Commanded RAF/AHQ East Africa during Abyssinian Crisis where the SAAF Wing under his command formed a 'Close Support Flight', which developed techniques similar to those later to be known as 'Cab Rank' used during the latter part of the war.

Source
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I have a couple of questions
That's quite a claim, developing the 'Close Support Flight', how much was he responsible for that, and who else can claim that along with him?

And what happened to him afterwards, I believe he retire in September 1942, at 48!
 

MikeMeech

Senior Airman
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Nov 20, 2019
Hi all

Can anyone shed any more light on Air Commodore W Sowrey. He's part of the famous Sowrey family. I know he was born 8 Aug1894 and died 15 Feb 1968. The senior posts he held were

25 Jul 1940 - Officer Commanding, AHQ East Africa
19 Oct 1940 - AOC, AHQ East Africa.
15 Dec 1941 - AOC, No 207 (Training) Group.
Commanded RAF/AHQ East Africa during Abyssinian Crisis where the SAAF Wing under his command formed a 'Close Support Flight', which developed techniques similar to those later to be known as 'Cab Rank' used during the latter part of the war.

Source
W Sowrey_P

I have a couple of questions
That's quite a claim, developing the 'Close Support Flight', how much was he responsible for that, and who else can claim that along with him?

And what happened to him afterwards, I believe he retire in September 1942, at 48!
Hi
The book 'The Sowreys' by Grahame Pitchfork, if you can get access to a copy, is a useful source, some extracts below:
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Bill Sowrey engaged in a 'counter-air' campaign to reduce the Italian air force which led on to and enabled the CAS. Not long before he retired Bill Sowrey had suffered badly from malaria when in Egypt, which may be one of the reasons to retire.
The East African air campaign is covered quite well in Section One of 'Dust Clouds in the Middle East' by Christopher Shores.

Mike
 

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