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Name: George Robert Howsam
Military Cross (MC) George Howsam
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 43, 70
Victories: 13
Born: 29 January 1895
Place of Birth: Reach, Ontario
Died: 16 April 1988
Place of Death: Victoria, British Columbia
 
 
The son of George and Ida (Cutting) Howsam, George Robert Howsam went from high school into the army in March 1916, serving with the 116th Battalion and 182nd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in the spring of 1917, learning to fly at Deseronto and Camp Borden, Ontario. In August 1917 he went to France and was posted to 70 Squadron. Flying the Sopwith Camel he scored his first victory in December 1917. On 22 January 1918, he shot down four Albatros scouts in one day. After recovering from wounds received in combat on 24 March 1918, he was posted to 43 Squadron as a flight commander in October 1918. Flying a Sopwith Snipe, he scored his final victory on 30 October, shooting down a Fokker D.VII over Aulnoye. Howsam returned to Canada in May 1921. He attended the Royal Air Force staff college in 1930. During World War II, Howsam served as director of training with the Royal Canadian Air Force and retired in 1945 with the rank of Air Vice-Marshal.

Listed as Robert George Howsam in the birth registry.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. George Robert Howsam, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial combats. He has destroyed five enemy machines and driven down others out of control, showing splendid courage and initiative on all occasions.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Dec 1917 1100 70 Sopwith Camel (B2311) Albatros C (DES) Zarren
2 19 Jan 1918 1020 70 Sopwith Camel (B5598) Albatros C (OOC) Moorslede
3 22 Jan 1918 1245 70 Sopwith Camel (B5598) Albatros D.V (DES) Westroosebeke
4 22 Jan 1918 1315 70 Sopwith Camel (B2530) C (DESF) NE of Houthoulst Wood
5 22 Jan 1918 1414 70 Sopwith Camel (B2530) Albatros D.V (DESF) 1 NE of Houthoulst Wood
6 22 Jan 1918 1414 70 Sopwith Camel (B2530) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 NE of Houthoulst Wood
7 24 Jan 1918 1120 70 Sopwith Camel (B5598) Albatros C (DES) Westroosebeke
8 25 Jan 1918 1525 70 Sopwith Camel (B2530) Albatros D.V (OOC) N Bixschoote
9 27 Feb 1918 1105 70 Sopwith Camel (B5598) Albatros C (DES) Warneton
10 08 Mar 1918 1315 70 Sopwith Camel (C8204) Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
11 09 Mar 1918 0930 70 Sopwith Camel (C8204) Albatros D.V (DES) Menin-Roulers
12 09 Mar 1918 0940 70 Sopwith Camel (C8204) Albatros D.V (OOC) Menin
13 30 Oct 1918 1340 43 Sopwith Snipe (E8013) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Aulnoye

1 Shared with Capt Frank Quigley
 
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