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Name: Geoffrey Hilton "Beery" Bowman
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Geoffrey Bowman Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 29, 41, 56
Victories: 32
Born: 02 May 1891
Place of Birth: Stretford, Lancashire, England
Died: 25 March 1970
Place of Death:  
 
 
The son of George and Mary Bowman, Geoffrey Hilton Bowman's father was a physician. Flying the D.H.2, Bowman scored his first two victories with 29 Squadron in 1916. He went on to score thirty more victories as an S.E.5a pilot with 41 and 56 Squadrons.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Derby Evening Telegraph, Derbyshire, England, Thursday, 26 August 1943, page 8
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Geoffrey Hilton Bowman, R. War. R., Spec. Res., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has taken part in many offensive patrols, which he led on twenty occasions, in the course of which four enemy aircraft were destroyed and twelve others driven down out of control. Although outnumbered by five to one on one occasion he handled his patrol of four machines with such skill and gallantry that after a very severe fight he was able to withdraw them without loss, having destroyed at least two enemy machines and driven down one out of control. His fearlessness and fine offensive spirit have been a splendid example to others.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
Lt. (T./Capt.) Geoffrey Hilton Bowman, M.C., R. War. R., Spec. Res. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading twenty-five offensive patrols in two months, shooting down five enemy aircraft and showing marked skill as a leader.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Geoffrey Hilton Bowman, M.C., R. War. R., Spec. Res., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has recently destroyed six enemy aeroplanes and driven down others out of control. He has at all times shown splendid courage and determination, and by his leadership and good example has contributed largely to the success of his squadron.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 Sep 1916 abt 1030 29 D.H.2 (5984) Roland (DES) E of Linselles
2 27 Sep 1916 1800 29 D.H.2 (7857) Balloon (DES) Mt. Kemmel
3 06 Jun 1917 0900 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Roulers
4 06 Jun 1917 0900 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Roulers
5 14 Jun 1917 1840 56 S.E.5 (A8900) C (OOC) N of Quesnoy
6 14 Jun 1917 1930 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.III (OOC) SW of Roulers
7 17 Jun 1917 0845-0900 56 S.E.5 (A8900) DFW C (OOC) Lille
8 07 Jul 1917 0830-0915 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.III (OOC) Louvrin
9 12 Jul 1917 1930-2030 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Polygon Wood
10 16 Jul 1917 1815-1915 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.III (DES) Polygon Wood
11 20 Jul 1917 1915-2030 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.III (OOC) Zonnebeke
12 27 Jul 1917 1930-2045 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 mi W of Roulers
13 27 Jul 1917 1930-2045 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.V (DES) Houthoulst Wood
14 17 Aug 1917 0615-0715 56 S.E.5a (B2) Albatros D.V (DES) S of Moorslede
15 22 Aug 1917 1845-1920 56 S.E.5a (B2) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Houthoulst Wood
16 14 Sep 1917 0900 56 S.E.5a (B2) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Menin
17 28 Sep 1917 1720 56 S.E.5a (B2) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Westroosebeke
18 02 Oct 1917 1030-1145 56 S.E.5a (B2) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
19 27 Oct 1917 1015-1230 56 S.E.5a (B2) Albatros D.V (OOC) SW of Iseghem
20 29 Oct 1917 1455-1625 56 S.E.5a (B2) Albatros D.V (DES) Moorslede
21 23 Nov 1917 1520 56 S.E.5a (B2) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Cambrai
22 30 Nov 1917 1430 56 S.E.5a (C5303) Albatros D.V (DES) W of Cantaing
23 25 Jan 1918 1410 56 S.E.5a (C9533) C (DES) NW of Rumilly
24 30 Jan 1918 1415 56 S.E.5a (C9533) Albatros D.V (DES) S of Cambrai
25 16 Feb 1918 0800 41 S.E.5a (C9533) LVG C (OOC) Bantouzelle
26 26 Feb 1918 1350 41 S.E.5a (C9533) C (DES) Berjaumont Wood
27 17 Jul 1918 0845 41 S.E.5a (D6179) Rumpler C (OOC) SW of Bapaume
28 09 Aug 1918 1730 41 S.E.5a (D6179) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Cappy
29 16 Sep 1918 1410 41 S.E.5a (E4092) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Houthoulst
30 25 Sep 1918 1830 41 S.E.5a (E4092) Rumpler C (DESF) NE of Ypres
31 10 Oct 1918 1645 41 S.E.5a (E4092) Fokker D.VII (CAP) 1 N of Moorslede
32 15 Oct 1918 0740 41 S.E.5a (E4092) Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Lichtervelde

1 Shared with Capt Frank Soden
 
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