Ernest Sowerby J26500

November 24, 1914 - January 16, 1944

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Mechanic became WAG. Aboard Beechcraft HB100, plane and crew were lost on their way from Lethbridge to Patricia Bay, BC during poor weather.

Ernest Sowerby, born in Newcastle on Tyne, England, was the son of Alfred Ernest Soweby and Hannah (nee Sowerby) of Langley, British Columbia. He was a car mechanic prior to enlisting with the RCAF where he became a WAG.

Aboard Beechcraft HB100 travelling from Rockcliffe to Patricia Bay via Winnipeg and Lethbridge, the crew of four were lost over the mountains east of Vancouver: Pilot, P/O Harry Donkersley, Navigator S/L James Flaherty, passenger S/L Terence Pringle, (RAFVR), and WAG P/O Ernest Sowerby.

See links below for more information. The full Court of Inquiry can be found on microfiche C5937, starting with image 5299.

Ernest’s name can be foun on the Ottawa Memorial as well as the Merritt War Memorial.