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Thomas Lewis Cowin

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Identity

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    Thomas Lewis AWMM
  • Surname
    Cowin AWMM
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    • WWII NZ41218 AWMM
    • WWII 41218 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

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    11 August 1917 Noel Smith Research Project
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    Europe (Air) AWMM
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    Air Force AWMM
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    • WWII NZ41218 AWMM
    • WWII 41218 AWMM
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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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    • Thomas Cowin was the son of Harry Cowin and of Emma Cowin (nee Parkinson), of Nelson, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Aircraft : No 102 Squadron RAF Halifax 11JD316 DY-X

      102 Squadron Motto : 'Tentate et Percificite : 'Attempt & Achieve'.

      24 -25 July 1943 : Operation 'Hamburg'.
      Base : RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire, England.
      Mission Target Location : Legenbostel, Germany.

      Crew of this mission were :

      (1) Pilot 1 : Flight Sergeant Tom Bakewell : RAFVR 119887 : Aged 31 years (killed).
      (2) Pilot 2 : Flight Sergeant Thomas Lewis Cowin : RNZAF NZ/41218 : Aged 25. (killed).
      (3) Flight Engineer Sergeant John Swinton : RAFVR 967340 (killed).
      (4) Navigator Pilot Officer F.G. Smith RAFVR 134215 : POW # 1945 - Stalag Luft, Sagan, Poland.
      (5) Wireless Operator/Air Gunner John Henry Page # 1280548 : RAF (Aged 34) (killed).
      (6) Air Gunner Sergeant Frederick John Edwards : RAFVR 509879 (killed).
      (7) Air Gunner Sergeant Albert Leonard Wood RCAF (Canadian) R/105398 (Aged 25) (killed). Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 5 March 2019 - aircrewremembered.com
    • Reason for Aircraft Loss :

      Taking off from RAF Base - Pocklington, Yorkshire - at 22:19 hours (10.19pm) to join a 790 aircraft mission to bomb the City of Hamburg. 'Window' (tin foil strips dropped from the bombers to disrupt enemy radar systems) was used for the first time in the war.
      Halifax JD316 - piloted by Flight Sergeant Cowin (as 2nd Pilot) was intercepted by a German Night Fighter and came down at 1.20 hours at Legenbostel.

      The crew of Halifax JD316 were initially interred at Stade - 23 kms north of the Bomber's crash area. They were later re-interred after the end of the war. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 5 March 2019 - aircrewremembered.com
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    25 July 1943 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
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    Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany AWMM 11 E 13 AWMM
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31 August 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
31 August 2019Stephen PaulBolton, Greater Manchester. UK.Other

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