Born: 1916, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear.

Died: 17th December 1940; age: 24.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 565574.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 61 Squadron.


Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Medal.

Gazetted: 24th December 1940.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 13,

Runnymede Memorial,

Englefield Green,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George & Isabel Cowan; husband of Lilian May Cowan, of Ipswich.


Father: George Robert Cowan, born 1885, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear.

Mother: Isabelle Cowan (nee Sanderson), born 1888, South Shields, Durham.


In November 1939, Ipswich, George married Lilian May Godsall.


17th December 1940


Aircraft: Handley Page Hampden Mk 1; serial number: X3128; code: QR-. Took off from RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire for Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Lost without trace.


(Dick) Harnett Richard Richardson; Sergeant/Navigator; age: 22; R.A.F. Dick had been married for just two weeks.

Edwin Reeve: Pilot Officer/Gunner; age: 42; R.A.F.V.R.

Arthur Joseph Patrick Casey; Sergeant; age: 18; R.A.F.


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