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    Default 776058 SGT G.B COWEN D.F.M DIED 4/1/1942 Gloucester ?

    I believe 776058 Sgt Pilot Geoffrey B COWEN D.F.M died in a plane crash 4/1/1942 in the Gloucester area. He won his D.F.M with 139 Sqn LG 26-9-1941. I believe 740036 W/O D.V HEWLETT also died on the same day in Gloucester area.

    I am looking for Sgt Cowen unit and the circumstances of his death.

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    Mark

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    Hi Mark
    Both Cowen and Hewlett died on 4/1/42 and their deaths are registered at Gloucester Rural which covers the area clear of the City but seems to be mostly to the W , NW and SW. Cowen's N-o-K were in Kenya and he is buried at Cirencester. This might mean that his Unit was at somewhere like S Cerney. The common date of death and registration could connect them to the same incident. Cowen's DFM,earned on a Sqn, could mean that he was on rest and possibly training as an Instructor, or Instructing, when he died
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    Gents,

    Possibly, Oxford I L9699, 3 FTS. Dived into ground, Shorncote 3-1-42.

    Col.

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    Not L9699; this aircraft was flown by Kpr (LAC Pilot u/t) Michal GMITER-GMITREWICZ - PAF 792035 was was killede and buried Cirencester.
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    Both Hewlett and Cowen are listed on the same Casualty Communique in Flight magazine as Killed on Active Service.
    Magazine dated Feb 26th 1942.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    AB Serials has Oxford II W6551 of 3FTS as having crashed on 04-Jan-42, with no other details

    However, the entry for Hurricane IIc BN187 (87s) indicates that on this date is dived into the ground at Brockworth, Glos when control was lost whilst avoiding a collision with W6551. Looks like the collision was not avoided! Have Sgt WF HORSHAM as the Hurricane pilot

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    Thank you everybody for your help

    It would appear an Oxford aircraft of 3 FTS was involved, I wonder if a trainee pilot was on the Oxford ?

    Mark

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    Details of Hurricane and Oxford

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4511-Unaccounted-airmen-4-1-1942

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    A bit of info. may be of use. Geoffrey Brian Cowen arrived at Liverpool from Kenya on 10th Dec. 1940 on the "Athlone Castle" he was 19 and a RAF Pupil Pilot.

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