Born: 17th January 1916, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear.

Died: 17th December 1940; age: 24; aircraft lost without trace.


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, born August 1913, London.



George was a Corporal, 565574, in the R.A.F., he and his wife, Lilian were living at 28, Hatfield Road, Ipswich, the family home of Lilian’s parents.

Sidney Herbert Godsall, an Engineer’s Night Porter, born November 1879, Norwood, Surrey.

Louisa Mary Godsall, unpaid Domestic Duties, born March 1871, Lambeth, Surrey.


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) Harrnet 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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