Aircraftman 1st Class Jack Bowser
Jack retained strong views of his time at Cranage and Betchton. In 2003, he was interviewed by the Sandbach Chronicle about his opposition to planning permission being given to Scottish Power to build a £70 million power plant on the site of the Cranage airfield. He voiced the concern that the young generation would begin to lose sight of what his generation fought for if old airfields and military sites were not preserved or, at least, commemorated in some way.
The photographs on this page are all from the collection of, and copyright ©, Mrs. Janet Judge and are reproduced by her kind permission.
Jack pictured during his service at Betchton.
The interview also contained a few personal reminiscences, including the occasional sighting of a German Luftwaffe aircraft landing at Cranage. No cause for alarm -
Left is the only known photograph of the four RAF servicemen who manned the Betchton decoy airfield, and below is the roll call added on the back of the photo by Jack himself. The four RAF personnel were:
Standing, left to right: Eric Vickers and Jack Bowser, seated, left to right: Ralph Hallet Arthur, Walter Baldwin.
On the right, Jack is pictured on his wedding day with his late wife, Mrs Doris Bowser.
On the left is Dean Hill Farm on Newcastle Road, Betchton, taken in 1992. The picture on the right shows the annotation Jack made on the reverse side of the print, mentioning that he was billeted there for a short time