LEST WE FORGET 

Lieutenant Henry William BOWD 

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Vegetable Creek NSW, Date unavailable
Enlisted in the Army: 26 July 1915
Unit: No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Aircraft Accident (Martinside aircraft A1607), Egypt, 25 October 1917, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Bowd, of “Killarney,” Warialda, New South Wales. Born at Emmaville NSW
Place of Association: Inverell NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Warialda and District Honour Roll 1914-9, Warialda NSW

Lieutenant Bowd was killed when Martinside A1607 broke-up and fell to the ground from an altitude of about 3,000 feet.  The accident was due to a manoeuvre that resulted in a nose dive with engine on from which Lieutenant Bowd attempted to recover.  The recovery placed strain on the tail section of the aircraft which broke away in the region of the pilot’s seat and he was dragged by his seat belt with the tail section to his death.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, BOWD W H
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) One Man’s War: Aircraft Mechanic Joe Bull’s Personal diaries 1916-9, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD 4650, 1997
Roberts, E.G.  (Eric Glendower) (250197) Box Kites and Beyond, The Hawthorn Press Melbourne VIC 3000, 1976
Sutherland, L. W. (Leslie) Aces and Kings, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1935
Williams, Sir R. (Richard) (1) These are Facts: the Autobiography of Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams KBE, CB, DSO, Australian War Memorial and Australian Government Publishing Service, 1977 – Chapters 3-9

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