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Name: Frederick Sowrey
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Air Force Cross (AFC)
Frederick Sowrey
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 8, 19, 37, 39, 41, 100, 143
Victories: 13
Born: 25 August 1893
Place of Birth: Twigworth, Gloucestershire, England
Died: 21 October 1968
Place of Death: Eastbourne, Sussex, England
 
 
Commissioned in the Royal Fusiliers in 1914, Frederick Sowrey, the son of John W. and Susan M. Sowrey, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in December 1915. 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Sowrey received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2838 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Thetford on 23 April 1916. Posted to 39 Squadron, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for downing Zeppelin L32 on 24 September 1916. After serving with 37 Squadron he was sent to France before joining 19 Squadron as a flight commander on 14 June 1917. With this unit he scored 12 more victories and was awarded the Military Cross. Upon returning to England, he assumed command of 143 Squadron for the duration of the war.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Military Cross (MC)
"2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Frederick Sowrey, D.S.O., R. Fus. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in shooting down in less than two months two Albatross scouts and a Rumpler two-seater and a Fokker scout, and in two engagements flying very low and engaging and scattering hostile infantry."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Sep 1916 abt 0110 39 B.E.2c (4112) Zeppelin L32 (DES) Billericay
2 17 Jun 1917 1845 19 SPAD (B1660) Albatros D.III (DES) SE of Houthoulst Forest
3 13 Jul 1917 1338-1515 19 SPAD XIII (B3479) C (OOC)  
4 20 Jul 1917 0625 19 SPAD (B3616) C (DES) 1 Houthoulst Forest
5 21 Jul 1917 1930 19 SPAD XIII (B3479) Albatros D.III (OOC) NE of Ypres
6 17 Aug 1917 0630 19 SPAD (B3620) Albatros D.III (DES) W of Roulers
7 20 Aug 1917 0625 19 SPAD (B3616) Albatros C (OOC) 2 SE of Houthoulst Forest
8 11 Sep 1917 1320 19 SPAD (B3616) Rumpler C (DES) 3 E of Quesnoy
9 20 Sep 1917 1820 19 SPAD (B3520) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Menin
10 30 Sep 1917 0900 19 SPAD (A6777) Albatros C (OOC) 4 Gheluwe
11 07 Oct 1917 1005 19 SPAD (A6777) Fokker D.V (DES) E of Gheluwe
12 09 Oct 1917 1040 19 SPAD (A6667) Albatros C (OOC) 5 Moorslede-Passchendaele
13 15 Oct 1917 1645 19 SPAD (A6709) Albatros C (DESF) NE of Moorslede

1 Shared with 2Lt Alexander Pentland
2 Shared with Lt Alexander Pentland, Lt H C Ainger (B3564)
3 Shared with Lt H C Ainger (B3535)
4 Shared with Lt Delamere (B3489), Lt R M Strang (B1697), Lt Richard Hewat, Lt John Candy
5 Shared with Lt Richard Hewat, Lt John Candy
 
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