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Name: Robert Johnstone Owen
Robert Owen in 1917 at Dundee
Country: Wales
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 43
Victories: 7
Born: 06 April 1899
Place of Birth: Cardiff, Wales
Died: 02 April 1961
Place of Death: Scarisbrick, Lancashire, England
A Sopwith Camel pilot, Robert Johnstone Owen was commissioned in August 1917 and scored 7 victories while serving with 43 Squadron. On the morning of 28 March 1918, he was flying in John Trollope's nine man patrol when it was attacked by a flight of Albatros D.Vs. Owen, Trollope and three other Camel pilots were shot down during the fight. Captured by the Germans, Owen escaped twice but was recaptured. On his third attempt, he succeeded in escaping from his captors aboard a ship sailing from Danzig and returned to his home in Newcastle. During World War II, Owen served with the Royal Air Force as a medical officer.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 19 Feb 1918 1245 43 Sopwith Camel (B6210) Albatros D.V (DESF) E of Bois du Biez
2 06 Mar 1918 1200 43 Sopwith Camel (B7349) C (DES) E of Bois du Biez
3 11 Mar 1918 1350 43 Sopwith Camel (B7288) Albatros D.V (OOC) Sainghin
4 24 Mar 1918 1100 43 Sopwith Camel (C8259) DFW C (DESF) 1 SE of Mercatel
5 24 Mar 1918 1100 43 Sopwith Camel (C8259) DFW C (DES) 2 SE of Mercatel
6 24 Mar 1918 1520 43 Sopwith Camel (C8259) C (DES) Sally-Saillisel
7 28 Mar 1918 0930 43 Sopwith Camel (C8259) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Albert

1 Shared with Capt John Trollope
2 Shared with 2Lt Cecil King
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