Pilot Officer Patrick Owen 44 Sqdrn. (Bombers)

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Pilot Officer – Pilot – Patrick OWEN RAFVR Killed August 41.

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Hampden light Bomber Pilot / Killed in collision with Spitfire.
Medals:-
39-45 Star / Air Crew Europe Star / British War Medal /
Father William RNVR 2 WWI Medals. Served – Victory Vi,Pembroke I and Vivid III.

Award note- Under Sec.State / Photographs of Headstone / Copies Log entries /
Detained information on Burial Place in Lincoln (Newpoor Cemetary) as wellas photographs of headstones of other casualties.

Patrick was born on 13th April 1920 at Southgate, Middlesex, the only son of William & Phoebe Owen.
He volunteered for flying duties as a pilot in October 1939 and following pilot training was posted to No.44 Squadron at RAF Waddington,then equipped with Hampden Light Bombers.

He flew as second pilot on 6 operational sorties that were often 6-7 hours long, mainly centred on the Channel Ports, although he also flew KEIL, MANNHEIM and DUSSELDORF.

On the night of 31st August 1941 he was tasked with flying a night flying test on Hampden AD939, with a Flight Sergeant wireless operator: he also took a passenger AC Priest of the Initial Training Wing who 2as training to be a Pilot.
They had hardly cleared the Waddington circuit when they were in collision with a Spitfire from RAF Digby, flown by Pilot Officer. The.Hon. WR Hughes RCAF. Both aircraft crashed and there were no survivors.
This was Owen’s only flight a Captain of a Hampden. He lies at rest in Lincoln (Newport) Cemetry.
He was 3 months past his 21st Birthday.

His wireless operator (21 years) ius buried in Perterhead Cemetary and Plt. Off Hughes (28) in Scopwick Church Cemetary. Prest lies in Waddington (St.Michael) churchyard. He was 20 years old, the only son of Frank Bismark and Elsie Victoria Prest of Winnipeg, Manitoba. (An interesting German/English Marriage)

Patricks father William served in WW1 in the RNVR from 7th May to the end of hostilities. He saw sea service aboard 2 ships. The family originally came from Llanfechell, Anglesey.

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