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Name: John Sidney Owens
John Sidney Owens
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 139th Aero
Victories: 5
Born: 26 May 1898
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 14 January 1965
Place of Death: Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA
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A pilot with the 139th Aero Squadron, John Sidney Owens scored 5 victories flying the SPAD XIII in 1918. During World War II he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Air Corps. Owens returned to Pennsylvania when the war ended. On 11 September 1920 he won the A. J. Drexel-Biddle cup for Flying Model Contests.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 18 Sep 1918 1610 139th SPAD XIII Pfalz D.III 1 Pagny-sur-Moselle
2 18 Sep 1918 1610 139th SPAD XIII Pfalz D.III 1 Pagny-sur-Moselle
3 25 Sep 1918 1002 139th SPAD XIII Rumpler C 2 Fleury-Damloup
4 26 Sep 1918 1140 139th SPAD XIII DFW C 3 Bois de Consenvoye
5 10 Oct 1918 0905 139th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII 4 Brieulles

1 Shared with Lt H A Garvie, Lt Robert Lindsay, Lt G V Moy, Lt Wendel Robertson, Lt Karl Schoen, Lt R D Shelby
2 Shared with Lt G V Moy, Lt R O Seevers
3 Shared with Lt S J DeFrance, Lt H S Garvie, Lt L H Germer, Lt Karl Schoen, Lt H R Sumner
4 Shared with Lt J C Bennett, Lt L H Germer
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
SPAD VII Aces of World War 1
by Jon Guttman / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (August 25, 2001)
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