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Name: John Cowell
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM) and Bar
Country: Ireland
Rank: Sergeant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 20
Victories: 16
Born: 1889
Place of Birth: Limerick, County Limerick
Died: 30 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
Cemetery: Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France Image
 
 
One of ten children and the son of Michael and Kate Cowell, John Cowell was born at Carey's Road in the city of Limerick. He was married in the same city on 20 December 1916. After serving as a sapper with the 12th Field Company of the Royal Engineers, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. Posted to 20 Squadron, Cowell served as a mechanic before becoming an observer/gunner aboard F.E.2Ds in 1917. He was one of the highest scoring gunners to serve with 20 Squadron. He returned to the Home Establishment for flight training, then rejoined 20 Squadron as a pilot in the summer of 1918. Having scored his first victory as a Bristol Fighter pilot on 29 July 1918, he was killed in action the following day, shot down by Friedrich von Röth of Jasta 16.
 
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
78171 Sjt. J. Cowell, R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry whilst assisting an aerial gunner during bomb raids. He showed remarkable skill and judgment in the eight combats in which he has been engaged, and on several occasions has shot down hostile air craft.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 05 May 1917 1710 20 F.E.2d (A6400) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Poelcapelle
2 13 May 1917 1040 20 F.E.2d (A6412) 2 Two-seater (DES) Reckem Airfield
3 20 May 1917 0920 20 F.E.2d (A6412) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Menin
4 25 May 1917 0850 20 F.E.2d (A6415) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Wervicq
5 26 May 1917 1030 20 F.E.2d (A6415) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Comines
6 26 May 1917 2010 20 F.E.2d (A6415) 1 Albatros D.III (DESF) SE of Ypres
7 02 Jun 1917 0945 20 F.E.2d (A6415) 3 Albatros D.III (DES) Gheluvelt
8 29 Jun 1917 1610 20 F.E.2d (A6376) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) Becelaère
9 12 Jul 1917 1700 20 F.E.2d (A6376) 4 Albatros D.V (DES) E of Ploegsteert Wood
10 12 Jul 1917 1715 20 F.E.2d (A6376) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Ploegsteert Wood
11 17 Jul 1917 1945 20 F.E.2d (A6468) 5 Albatros D.V (DESF) Polygon Wood
12 17 Jul 1917 1950 20 F.E.2d (A6468) 5 Albatros D.V (DES) 28Q 28
13 20 Jul 1917 0955 20 F.E.2d (A6376) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) Wervicq
14 22 Jul 1917 1650 20 F.E.2d (A6376) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) Menin-Wervicq
15 28 Jul 1917 1845 20 F.E.2d (A6376) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Messines
16 29 Jul 1918 2010 20 Bristol F.2b (E2471) 6 Fokker D.VII (OOC) NW of Wervicq

1 Pilot 2Lt Reginald Conder
2 Pilot 2Lt M P Scott
3 Pilot 2Lt Richard Trevethan
4 Pilot 2Lt Oliver Vickers
5 Pilot Lt Cecil Richards
6 Observer Cpl C Hill
 
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