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Cowan, John Henry (Warrant Officer 1st Class)

Killed in Action 1944-May-19

Birth Date: 1916-April-19 (age 28)

Robert Henry & Isobel Cowan

Elizabeth M. Cowan, of Alexandria, Ontario.

Home: Alexandria, Ontario

11 (BR) Sqn- Squadron
RCAF Stn. Dartmouth, NS.
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Wireless Air Gunner
Service Numbers

Aircraft failed to return from a practice bombing exercise on 1944-05-19. Seen by a small naval vessel to be on fire and to dive into the sea. The 3-man crew all perished.

Killed includes Cowan: F/Lt Douglas Jackson Jones RCAF J/5664 KIFA Ottawa Memorial Panel 3. Column 3. Warrant Officer Class 1 Laurence George Martin RCAF R/134391 KIFA Ottawa Memorial Panel 3. Column 4. Sergeant Alexander John Fraser RAAF KIFA Ottawa Memorial Panel 3. Column 5.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Warrant Officer 1st Class John Henry Cowan has no known grave.

Google MapAlexandria, Ontario

Google MapOttawa War Memorial
Panel 3 Column 4

Hudson BW646

Lockheed Hudson A-28 A-29 AT-18

Lockheed Hudson
Source National Air Force Museum of Canada.

The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force (RAF) shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter. The Hudson served throughout the war, mainly with Coastal Command, but also in transport and training roles, as well as delivering agents into occupied France. They were also used extensively with the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) anti-submarine squadrons. National Air Force Museum of Canada.

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Kestrek Publications Hudon - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (247), RCAF 400 Squadron (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson Mk. III BW646

Taken on strength by EAC, for the Home War Establishment. Noted on 12 Feb 1942 as one of 55 Hudsons released off a British Lend Lease contract. Assigned to No. 11 (BR) Sqn, RCAF Stns Torbay, NF or Dartmouth, NS, c. 1942 to 1944. Coded "F". Failed to return from a practice bombing exercise on 19 May 1944. Seen by a small naval vessel to be on fire and to dive into the sea. The 3-man crew, which consisted of Flight Lieutenant D.J. Jones, WO2 L.G. Martin and WO2 J.J. Cowan, all perished. Records transferred to No. 19 Sub-Repair Depot in NF for write-off as of 24 Jun 1944.
1942-02-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-May-19 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Torbay Newfoundland Names: Cowan | Jones | Martin
1944-07-18 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

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