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    I am researching this officer and believe I have him with 51 Sqn in 1941, later killed in Ceylon. I wonder if he is the same officer dismissed from the service by court martial in 1937. Seems a potentially interesting charachter. Any information at all gratefully received.

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    Always worth doing a Google search on this site for previous posts

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?7710-Squadron-Leader-J.-T.-Bouwens-D.F.C.-11-Sqn

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    Hello,

    Undoubtedly, the same airman:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34480/pages/812

    With the following important rider:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34533/pages/4682

    Col.

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    Donald, Yes, it would appear so. Although I see that the LG entry dismissing him was cancelled. I have taken the group with which he received an SSC and looked at wartime LGs and the CWGC site and come up with a number sequence as shown:
    Air Ministry,
    18th February, 1936.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from and with seniority of 3rd Feb. 1936 :
    Geoffrey BEAVIS.
    John Theodore BOUWENS. 37552
    John Churchill CLAYDON. 37553
    Michael Nicholson CROSSLEY. 37554
    Frederick John Leslie DONALDSON.
    David FORTNUM. Relinq ill-health Jul 38
    Anthony GADD. 37557
    Gerald William Chavallier GLEED. 37558
    Peter Henry HARDS.
    Alexander Myles JARDINE. 37560
    Paul Anthony MATTHEWS. 37561
    Thomas Edward SHRAPNELL-SMITH. 37562
    Alfred Howard SMYTHE. 37563
    Henry Arthur Halley WATTS. 37564

    Couldn't find Beavis, Donaldson and Hards but safe to presume they would have had thew numbers 37551, 37555 and 37559 respectively. If they were killed prior to 3 Sep 39 their numbers would not appear in the LG and they would not appear on the CWGC site.

    Air Ministry,
    8th February, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Pilot Officer John Theodore BOUWENS is dismissed the Service by sentence of General Court Martial. 20th Dec. 1937.

    Air Ministry,
    19th July, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The notification in the Gazette of 8th Feb. 1938 concerning Pilot Officer John Theodore BOUWENS is cancelled.
    Regards, Terry

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    BOUWENS, John Theodore, A/S/L (37552, Royal Air Force) - No.51 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 September 1941. As Acting Pilot Officer, to No.70 (Bomber-Transport) Squadron, Hinaidi, 10 September 1936. Public Record Office Air 2/8900 has citation drafted when he had flown 22 sorties (165 operational hours).

    "This officer has displayed great keenness, courage and devotion to duty in all his sorties, most of which have been carried out as captain of aircraft and in extremely difficult winter weather conditions. He has et a very high standard of efficiency at all times."

    Doubtless the document (Air 2/8900) will also have a more detailed submission (maybe even a sortie list).

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    That is a great help, at least I now know I am looking at the right man. I struggle a bit finding things on the LG - early days!
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Donald, Yes, it would appear so. Although I see that the LG entry dismissing him was cancelled. I have taken the group with which he received an SSC and looked at wartime LGs and the CWGC site and come up with a number sequence as shown:
    Air Ministry,
    18th February, 1936.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from and with seniority of 3rd Feb. 1936 :
    Geoffrey BEAVIS.
    John Theodore BOUWENS. 37552
    John Churchill CLAYDON. 37553
    Michael Nicholson CROSSLEY. 37554
    Frederick John Leslie DONALDSON.
    David FORTNUM. Relinq ill-health Jul 38
    Anthony GADD. 37557
    Gerald William Chavallier GLEED. 37558
    Peter Henry HARDS.
    Alexander Myles JARDINE. 37560
    Paul Anthony MATTHEWS. 37561
    Thomas Edward SHRAPNELL-SMITH. 37562
    Alfred Howard SMYTHE. 37563
    Henry Arthur Halley WATTS. 37564

    Couldn't find Beavis, Donaldson and Hards but safe to presume they would have had thew numbers 37551, 37555 and 37559 respectively. If they were killed prior to 3 Sep 39 their numbers would not appear in the LG and they would not appear on the CWGC site.

    Air Ministry,
    8th February, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Pilot Officer John Theodore BOUWENS is dismissed the Service by sentence of General Court Martial. 20th Dec. 1937.

    Air Ministry,
    19th July, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The notification in the Gazette of 8th Feb. 1938 concerning Pilot Officer John Theodore BOUWENS is cancelled.
    Regards, Terry

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    Thank you Hugh>
    Quote Originally Posted by HughAHalliday View Post
    BOUWENS, John Theodore, A/S/L (37552, Royal Air Force) - No.51 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 September 1941. As Acting Pilot Officer, to No.70 (Bomber-Transport) Squadron, Hinaidi, 10 September 1936. Public Record Office Air 2/8900 has citation drafted when he had flown 22 sorties (165 operational hours).

    "This officer has displayed great keenness, courage and devotion to duty in all his sorties, most of which have been carried out as captain of aircraft and in extremely difficult winter weather conditions. He has et a very high standard of efficiency at all times."

    Doubtless the document (Air 2/8900) will also have a more detailed submission (maybe even a sortie list).

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    Much appreciated.
    Don
    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    Undoubtedly, the same airman:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34480/pages/812

    With the following important rider:

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34533/pages/4682

    Col.

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    Donald,
    no need to hit that quote button each time - Please. Fills up the server with unnecessary duplicated text!!

    See Ross' note on not using this.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?9289-Use-of-Quote-Function

    You may still be able to use the EDIT button to remove the quoted text, it is fairly obvious what messages your replying and thanking for. It times out after a few hours.
    Dennis Burke
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