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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. K L O Blow


Kenneth Leslie Owen Blow was born in January 1921 in St. Albans and joined the RAFVR about June 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer. He was called to full-time service on 1st September 1939.

With his training completed he joined 235 Squadron at Bircham Newton from 4 B&GS West Freugh on 26th March 1940 and served with it throughout the Battle of Britain.

On 19th November 1940 Blow was posted with his flight to RAF Aldergrove, where it combined with a flight from 236 Squadron to reform 272 Squadron. He flew his first operational sortie with 272 on the 24th.

In 1943 Blow was serving with 487 Squadron as a Warrant Officer, flying in Mosquitos. Awarded the DFC (gazetted 15th June 1943) he was lost on 10th December 1943 when his Mosquito FB VI HX975 failed to return to Sculthorpe from a sweep over Germany.

It had been hit by flak and struck a tree while force-landing near Den Ham in Holland.

Blow was 22. He is buried in Den Ham General Cemetery.

His pilot, F/Sgt. T Mair, was also killed and is buried in the same cemetery.




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