We received these details from Nigel Glew, who is one of the volunteers transcribing and researching information on those interred in St.Peter’s Churchyard:
“Flight Sgt No:1053096 Thomas Bows died on 26/02/1943 at RAF Spilsby in Lincolnshire and is buried in St.Peter’s Churchyard, Bramley in A Section Old Yard R6-31 he is named on Bramley War Memorial..
Thomas was was 31 years of age, lived at 123 Henconner Lane, Bramley and was married to Ada Bows, nee Carlton at South Leeds in 1933. They had 2 children, Peter born 1933 and Michael born 1941.
Thomas Bows was killed when his aircraft was attacked on return flight in Operation Nectarine II, dropping mines at Lorient. SGT Bows was the only one killed in this action. He was the Mid Upper Gunner in a Lancaster bomber serial W4815 EM-C when it was attacked by a German fighter aircraft.
The plane however survived this mission, was repaired, but crash landed exactly a year to the day later on 26/02/1944, again at RAF Spilsby in Lincolnshire. All the crew were killed. The following were the members of crew: P/O JE Derbyshire, Sgt G Cannock, F/S Cooke, Sgt C T L Clement, Sgt G E Wright, Sgt J S Barker and Sgt J W Linfoot.
The target of the fateful operation was Augsburg, Germany, where Messerschmitt had a factory. The raid was successful but the RAF losses numbered over 20. Cooke and his crew had successfully completed the operation. They were killed upon landing back at RAF Spilsby, P/O Derbyshire over shot the run way and crash landed.
Requiescat in pace.”
He is named on Panel 3 of the Memorial (facing from the back of the Memorial).