'Images In My Mind' - memoir, Toronto. Donated by the author's daughter. Ms. Cowan lives in Calgary, Alberta. Remarks: Toronto Jewish history. File characteristics: Clippings. Originals. Relates to material outside Montreal.
Flight Lieutenant Henry Cowan, R.C.A.F., of Trout River, Quebec, was reported missing after air operations and officially presumed dead on April 19, 1945, according to an official announcement. He enlisted in the air force in Toronto on October 8, 1941, and trained as a pilot at St. Hubert, Victoriaville, Cap de la Madeleine and St. Hubert, where he graduated on July 1, 1942, and received his commission as a pilot officer. Flight Lieutenant Cowan took advanced training at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and went overseas in October 1942, being posted first to the Coastal Command and later to the 402 (City of Winnipeg) Squadron of the Fighter Command. He was promoted to the rank of flying officer in January 1943 and one year later was promoted to flight lieutenant. While on operations over England, he had shot down a flying bomb. After his squadron was transferred to Belgium and Holland in September 1944, he shot down a Fokke Wulf 170 in an engagement over Osnabrueck, Germany, and was credited a few days after with “one damaged and one probably destroyed” after a fight over Lingen. His plane was discovered to be missing during an air operation. He was presented with the golden wings and a special posthumous citation from R.C.A.F. headquarters, in Ottawa. Flight Lieutenant Cowan was born December 31, 1920, in Dinslaken-on-the-Niederrhein, Germany.