Bowd, Lieutenant Henry William

No 67 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Henry Bowd was born in Vegetable Creek (now Emmaville) near Warialda NSW on 5 July 1884 and was a 31 year old Articled Law Clerk when he enlisted in the 6th Light Horse at Sydney on 26 July 1915. On 1 December he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He departed from Australia on HMAT A4 Pera on 22 March 1916, arriving in Egypt in June. Two months later he was attached to the AFC for instruction in aerial observation and was graded as a qualified observer in November; next month was promoted to Lieutenant. In January 1917 he began training as a pilot at No 3 School of Military Aeronautics at Aboukir, before returning to No 67 Sqn at the end of April. On 15 October he moved to X Aircraft Park at Abassia.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Heliopolis, Egypt, on 25 October 1917 when flying Martinsyde G.102 A1607. The Martinsyde had been modified by the fitting of special clips in order to strengthen the fuselage before Lt Bowd took off for a test flight.

After about twenty minutes’ flight, he had reached 4000 feet and began a series of manoeuvres when the aeroplane was seen to stall and then sideslip into a nose dive. The machine started to come out of the dive when the rear fuselage and tail started to break away before the aeroplane burst into flames and broke into pieces. Lt Bowd was apparently dragged away with the rear fuselage when the Martinsyde broke up.

Lt H W Bowd is buried in Grave F 322 at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. A headstone was erected on Lt Bowd’s grave in 1925. He is commemorated on the East Maitland, NSW, War Memorial.

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