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Name: Clifford Bowman
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 49
Victories: 6
Born: 26 March 1899
Place of Birth: Thornton, Lancashire, England
Died: 31 October 1978
Place of Death: Ribble Valley, Lancashire, England
 
 
The son of Richard and Mary Alice (Lone) Bowman, Clifford Bowman scored six victories as a D.H.9 pilot with 49 Squadron in 1918.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. (T./Capt.) Clifford Bowman.
   A fine leader, conspicuous for his courage and cool judgment, who has taken part in over fifty bombing raids, in the majority as leader. On one occasion the formation he was leading was attacked by fifteen Fokkers. In spite of determined efforts on the part of these hostile machines the objective was successfully bombed, direct hits being obtained. By skilful manoeuvring the formation returned safely, having destroyed four enemy aeroplanes during the flight. On the evening of the same day when again leading an attack on the same objective the formation, was attacked by twenty hostile machines; having destroyed four of them he brought the formation safely back over our lines."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 Jun 1918 1500 49 D.H.9 (D7201) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) Cuvilly
2 08 Aug 1918 1820 49 D.H.9 (D3052) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Bethencourt
3 09 Aug 1918 0630 49 D.H.9 (D3052) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Falvy
4 09 Aug 1918 1700 49 D.H.9 (D3052) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Marchélepot
5 11 Aug 1918 1500 49 D.H.9 (D7201) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Cuvilly
6 24 Sep 1918 1705 49 D.H.9 (D3052) 3 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Bavai

1 Observer Lt V Gordon
2 Observer Philip Holligan
3 Observer 2Lt C B Edwards
 
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