Dowland J.N

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John Noel Dowland
Squadron Leader
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."