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Name: Sidney Edward Cowan
Military Cross (MC) and 2 Bars Sidney Edward Cowan
Country: Ireland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 29
Victories: 7
Born: 23 August 1897
Place of Birth: Downpatrick
Died: 17 November 1916 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
Cemetery: Cagnicourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
Sidney Edward Cowan was one of the Royal Flying Corps' first aces. Wounded in action on 9 August 1916, he scored 7 victories in 1916 as a D.H.2 pilot. Cowan was killed in a crash following a mid-air collision with another British aircraft.
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Sidney Edward Cowan, R.F.C. (Spec. Res.).
   For conspicuous gallantry and skill. He dived on to an enemy machine in the enemy's lines and drove it to the ground, where it was smashed, and then circled round and fired at the pilot and observer as they ran for shelter. Although forced to land through his engine stopping he contrived to restart it and got back under heavy fire.
 
Military Cross (MC) First Bar
2nd Lt. Sidney Edward Cowan, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and skill. He has done fine work in aerial combats, and has shot down four enemy machines.
   (The Military Cross was awarded in the London Gazette dated 31st May 1916.)
 
Military Cross (MC) Second Bar
2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) Sidney Edward Cowan, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry in action. He fought a long contest with seven enemy machines, finally bringing one down in flames. He has displayed great skill and gallantry throughout.
   (The Military Cross was awarded in London Gazette dated 31st May, 1916. The 1st Bar was awarded in London Gazette dated 20th Oct., 1916.)
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 04 May 1916 0900 24 D.H.2 (5966) C (DES) Hem-Clery
2 01 Jul 1916 0745 24 D.H.2 (5964) C (OOC) Pys
3 29 Jul 1916 1400 24 D.H.2 (6000) Roland C.II (DES) Morval-Vaux Wood
4 03 Aug 1916 1530 24 D.H.2 (5904) LVG C (OOC) Sailly
5 09 Aug 1916 0730 24 D.H.2 (5998) C (DES) Le Sars
6 16 Sep 1916 1015 24 D.H.2 (5964) Fokker D.II? (DESF) Sailly-Saillisel
7 17 Nov 1916 29 D.H.2 (A2555) Halberstadt D.II (OOC)  
 
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