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Temp 2nd Lieut George James Howells No.8 Squadron


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2nd Lieut George James Howells No.8 Squadron was posted missing in the NA RFC records of the day. He was formerly in the RAMC as 59446 Pvt Howells for a few months and left due to "enlistment under misapprehension".

He then appears to join the Artists Rifles and subsequently ends up in the RFC based on his MIC.

He is at Oxford on 04.05.17, then 25 Flight School (F.S.?)on 08.06.17

Next 26.07.17 he is at "WrO Sch(B'lands)and under Special remarks re duties it is annotated Earmarked for E.O. (Photo)

On 09.09.17 he is at "E.F" and posted missing on 23.11.17.

I have all his census details, MIC, CWGC, CWGR and RFC record and as he was a local man am keen to work out what happened to him.

Can anyone help. Presumably the aircraft was involved in the Battle of Cambrai and came to grief so I presume there were two deaths from that crash.

If anyone can decipher his record and any other information that would be fantastic.

Name: HOWELLS, GEORGE JAMES Initials: G J Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Second Lieutenant Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps Unit Text: 8th Sqdn. Age: 24 Date of Death: 23/11/1917 Additional information: Son of Thomas and Jane Howells, of Box Cottage, Lydart, Monmouth. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. A. 45. Cemetery: CAMBRAI EAST MILITARY CEMETERY

The CWGR indicates he was kiled in a "flying accident".

Thank you


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2Lt William Albert Booth (pilot) and 2Lt G J Howells (observer) of No 8 Sqn RFC were killed in action while flying in Armstrong Whitworth FK8 B316 on 23 November 1917. The airmen left Mons-en-Chausée aerodrome at 13:15 on a bombing mission over Cambrai, and were seen in combat with seven enemy aeroplanes. Ltn Fritz Rumey of Jasta 5 was credited with a victory over Marcoing at 13:00 (German time); it was the 5th of his eventual 45 victories.

I hope that this is useful.

"25 FS" might be 25 TS, ie No 25 Training Squadron at Thetford.


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