John Noel Dowland
Royal Air Force
Born: 6th November 1914
The citation for the award of the GC to S/Ldr Dowland reads:
"The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the GEORGE CROSS to-
Squadron Leader John Noel Dowland (33239), Royal Air Force.
In February, 1940, Squadron Leader Dowland succeeded in removing an enemy bomb from a steamship. The bomb was extremely difficult to inspect and handle as it was wedged with its nose penetrating through the main deck. In June, 1940, this officer performed a similar duty with the same efficiency and promptitude on board a trawler. He has displayed conspicuous courage and devotion to duty in circumstances of exceptional danger and difficulty."