Error on the Times obits page

Allied Airborne Army in 1945, taking part in tank-buster operations against retreating German forces.

Sowrey preparing to leave Aden in 1967
Sowrey preparing to leave Aden in 1967

A charismatic, moustached officer who cut a dash and enjoyed racing cars, Sowrey was a skilful flyer and flew more than 60 types of aircraft.

Well, I assume it’s an error…..

6 comments on “Error on the Times obits page

  1. I would have thought lightly armed paratroopers were the last units you’d use for “tank-busting”, whatever that is.

  2. Your photo is from much later – the moustachioed bit was during WW2, as the photo in the article shows. 🙂

  3. “Isn’t that his moustache on his shirt”

    Touché.

    “I would have thought lightly armed paratroopers were the last units you’d use for “tank-busting””

    Paratroopers often did carry man-portable anti-tank weapons actually, precisely because they often didn’t operate with armour or artillery back-up (e.g. when actually parachuting, which I suspect was less often than conventional fighting in reality). I wouldn’t call them lightly-armed, but this is probably being confused with light infantry.

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