The Association was sad to learn of the death of Air Marshal Sir Frederick ‘Freddie’ Sowrey, who was the last survivor in a line of family members to give a combined 65 years of unbroken RAF service.
Freddie, whose father, two uncles and other family members served in the RAF, flew American Mustang and Tomahawk fighters during the Second World War.
After completing 200 flying hours, spent mostly helping to protect the south coast of England from enemy raids, Freddie helped to train glider pilots for the D-Day Landings. He also flew tank-busting missions against German forces.
Freddie was granted a permanent commission in 1946, rose through the ranks and became personal Staff Officer to Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas Pike, Chief of the Air Staff, in the early 1960s. Later that decade he was posted to Aden in Yemen, and was responsible for the safe withdrawal of thousands of British forces personnel from the former colony in 1967.