Nowland, Lieutenant George

No 4 Sqn AFC

George Nowland was born in Fitzroy, Victoria, on 23 March 1892. He was working as a Tent Maker when he joined the AFC in Melbourne on 14 October 1916. He had previously served for three years in the AMF Garrison Artillery. By January 1917 he had been promoted to Lance Corporal; he left Melbourne on HMAT A5 Omrah on 17 January. After arrival in the UK served with the AFC at Castle Bromwich before he commenced pilot training in July, from which he graduated in October, when he was commissioned. Promotion to Lieutenant came in January 1918, when he was posted to No 4 Sqn in France.

On 8 March, when flying Camel B5629, he was credited with an out of control victory over a German scout west of Douai.

He was killed in action at on 22 May 1918 while flying Sopwith Camel D1909; he collided with Camel D1924, flown by Lt A Finnie, when both were attacking a German observation balloon.

Lt G Nowland is buried in Grave II F 18 at Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France.

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