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No chains in the sky : Alan Bowman Tasmanian war pilot / Peter Henning
Bib ID 7797177
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Henning, Peter, 1949- author
Edition First edition. 
Description Melbourne, Victoria : Peter Ian Henning, 2018 
v, 82 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles 23 cm 
ISBN 9780648400608 (paperback)

Wing Commander Alan Bowman, DFC and Bar, born at Deloraine in Tasmania in 1911, joined the fledgling Royal Australian Air Force as a pilot cadet at the Point Cook Flying Training School in Victoria, in 1930. Graduating at the end of 1931, he was offered a short-term contract in the Royal Air Force, and from 1932 to 1936 he served with RAF 33 Squadron in England and Egypt. In 1938, while serving in India, he was appointed as British military liaison officer attached to a German mountaineering team attempting to climb Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas. This enabled him to fly a German Junkers 52 military plane with a senior Luftwaffe pilot, delivering supplies to the climbers. In 1939 he was appointed Squadron Leader of RAF 39 bomber Squadron, then in action on India's north west frontier, but soon to be sent to Singapore. 39 Squadron was transferred to Aden in 1940, from where it conducted bombing raids against Italian military targets in East Africa until Italian air power in the area was destroyed, operations for which Bowman was awarded his first DFC. Towards the end of 1940 Bowman's squadron went to the Western Desert in North Africa, where its bombers were used in reconnaissance and bombing raids against Axis forces on land and sea during the climactic struggle for control of the East Mediterranean, Libya and Egypt during 1941. In mid-year Bowman won a second DFC and was promoted to Wing Commander as the senior RAF training officer in the Western Desert. In September, a squadron of Italian Stuka dive-bombers crash-landed in disputed territory and Bowman was granted permission to find one and fly it back to a British base through friendly fire, which he did. Two months later, aged 30, he was killed while trying to land his plane at a desert military base.


Includes bibliographical references and index.


Subjects Bowman, Alan, 1911-1941.  |  Bowman family.  |  Australia. Royal Australian Air Force -- Airmen -- Biography.  |  Australia. Royal Australian Air Force -- Airmen -- Correspondence.  |  Fighter pilots -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Airmen -- Tasmania -- Biography.  |  Military history.  |  Biography: general.  |  Tasmania -- Biography.  |  Australian
Form/genre Biographies.


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