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AGS SOMALILAND 1920 RAF

Africa General Service Medal, GV, bar Somaliland 1920, 1939-45 Defence and War Medal, 340341 Cpl H.M. McGowan, R.A.F., later Flt Lt in WW2, extremely rare, With service papers.

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SKU: J6154 Category:
Origin: United Kingdom
Nearly Extremely Fine

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Africa General Service Medal, GV, bar Somaliland 1920, 1939-45 Defence and War Medal, 340341 Cpl H.M. McGowan, R.A.F., extremely rare and one of the most sought after RAF campaign awards. During WW2 he was a Flight Lieutenant.

 

Mounted as worn on silk ribbons. Entitlement confirmed on roll and service papers.

 

Harry Mansfield McGowan was born on 4th March 1900 in Portsmouth, Portsdown Hills, Hampshire.

 

He enlisted with the RAF for a term of 12 years on 22nd September 1919 aged 19. He was swiftly sent out for service in Egypt and the Middle East on 13th November 1919.
He joined Ark Royal on 20th December 1919 before joining “Z Unit” RAF in Somaliland, the Ark Royal dropped off the main body of Z Unit at Berbera numbering 36 officers and 189 other ranks.

 

Following the operations he joined 14 Squadron in the Middle east from 15th April 1920 until 18th October 1920 before joining 8 Squadron, then joining 85 Squadron on 3rd February 1921. Followed by H Squadron until he joined HQ Mespot Group on 12th March 1921. Later rejoined 8 Squadron on 4th September 1921. He continued his service in Egypt and Iraq until about 1923 when he returned home to England.
He continued his service until 1931 when he was discharged after completing 12 years.

 

The London Gazette 10th October 1944 lists him as a member of the Administrative and Special Duties Branch as Flight Lieutenant in Class CC from 20th July 1944.

 

He continued his service until the London Gazette of 11th August 1953 lists him as a Flight Lieutenant relinquishing his commission on cessation of duty as of 19th June 1953 (service number 71851)