RAFĀ Cardington Camp

No 26 Maintenance Unit

Arthur Gowers began his career in the army in 1932 but by 1938 was awarded his flying badge at No 5 Flying Training School RAF. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations" on July 1st 1941. He is credited with three Messerschmidt hits and one probable and one damaged. Below is his full service record:

Career:
1923 - 1928: Royal Grammar School, Colchester;
? Marconi Wireless and Telegraph Works, Chelmsford;
June 1932 - June 1933: Private, HAC;
June 1933 - March 1936: Royal Army Service Corps (TA);
July 5th, 1936: Airman u.t Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves;
August 1937: No. 13 Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School;
November 6th, 1937: No. 5 Flying Training School;
June 4th, 1937: No 26 Maintenance Unit, Cardington;
August 10th, 1938: No. 85 Squadron;
March 1941: Blind Approach Course, Watchfield;
July 26th, 1941 - October 21st, 1941: Control Room Duties, RAF Kenley;
October 1941: Refresher Course No. 56 Operational Training Unit, Sutton Bridge;
November 14th, 1941: Flight Commander No. 504 Squadron, Ballyhalbert;
February 16th, 1942: Air Headquarters Far East;
May 7th, 1942: Conversion Typhoon, No. 53 Operational Training Unit, Llandow;
August 8th, 1942: No. 56 Squadron, Snailwell;
August 29th, 1942: Station Sick Quarters Coltishall;
November 20th, 1942: Commanding Officer No. 183 Squadron, Church Fenton.

Victories:
August 18th, 1940: Junkers Ju 78 (probably);
August 28th, 1940: Messerschmitt Bf 110 (damaged);
August 30th, 1940: Messerschmitt Bf 110;
August 31st, 1940: Messerschmitt Bf 109;
August 31st, 1940: Messerschmitt Bf 109.

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