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Name: Louis Drummond Bawlf
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 3N (RNAS)
203 (RAF)
Victories: 5
Born: 19 November 1896
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 22 August 1966
Place of Death: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
 
The son of Nicholas and Katherine Bawlf, Louis Drummond Bawlf was one of eight children. His father, a wealthy grain merchant in Winnipeg, died suddenly in 1914. Lieutenant Bawlf served with the 144th Infantry Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles) before he transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service on 23 December 1916. Posted to 3 Naval Squadron (later 203 Squadron) in the spring of 1917, he scored five victories as a Sopwith Camel pilot. His brother, David Leland Bawlf, also a member of 203 Squadron, was killed in action on 21 April 1918. On 12 September 1918, while on furlough in Canada, he married Miss Jean Mae McGinnis in Montreal. Bawlf served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 27 Jul 1917 1415 3N Sopwith Camel (B3805) Seaplane (DES) 1 20 mi off Ostend
2 18 Feb 1918 1140 3N Sopwith Camel (D6417) Albatros D.V (OOC) Dixmude-Thorout
3 22 Mar 1918 1230 3N Sopwith Camel (B7192) Albatros D.V (OOC) Marquion
4 24 Mar 1918 1530 3N Sopwith Camel (B7192) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Vaux
5 22 Jul 1918 0645 203 Sopwith Camel (D3415) DFW C (DES) Bauvin

1 Shared with FCdr Joseph Fall, FSL James Glen, FSL Harold Beamish, FSL Aubrey Ellwood
2 Shared with FCdr FC Armstrong, FSL S Smith (B7274), FSL Ronald Berlyn, FLt Edmund Pierce, FSL Frederick Britnell
 
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