It was with great sadness that the Association learned of the death of Mary Bowen-Bravery, wife of 550 Squadron pilot Kenyon Bowen-Bravery DFC CdG, in mid-February.
Mary attended reunions in North Killingholme in recent years accompanied by her daughters. Indeed Mary, despite her 101 years, had hoped to attend the reunion in July this year. Sadly this was not to be.
In 2020 an item titled "Mary Bowen-Bravery: Wartime Service in WW2" was published on the RAF web-site for International Nurses Day about the work of nurses on the front-line;
it is well worth the read. The loss of a cousin in a Pathfinders squadron prompted Mary to join Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (PMRAFNS) to "do her bit".
Mary loved attending the 550 reunions; she will be greatly missed.
Mary's funeral will take place at 11am on March 23rd, at St Mary the Blessed Virgin Church, The Street, Brabourne, TN25 5LR. Anyone who knew her is invited to attend.
For further details see: Celebrating the Life of MARY BOWEN-BRAVERY