Ralph Kell DOWSE


DOWSE, Ralph Kell

Service Numbers: 404136, 402814
Enlisted: 24 May 1940, Brisbane, Qld.
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Operational Training Units (RAF)
Born: Toowoomba, Qld., 15 January 1916
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: North State School, Toowoomba Grammar School
Occupation: Audit Clerk
Died: Accidental, Egypt, 21 May 1941, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery
4 C 4, Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Ismailia, Suez Canal, Egypt
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toowoomba Grammar School R K Dowse Memorial Scholarship Board, Toowoomba Grammar School WW2 Honour Board, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW2, Toowoomba St. James' Roll of Honour, Toowoomba WW2 Roll of Honour Book, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 404136
3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 402814
24 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 404136, Operational Training Units (RAF), Brisbane, Qld.
24 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 404136

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Arthur Llantiff Dowse and Lilian Maud Dowse, of Toowoomba, Queensland

Sergeant Ralph Dowse was an Air Observer and member of the crew of a No. 70 Middle East Operational Training Unit Blenheim Bomber L8481 that crashed 12 miles west of Ismailia, Egypt, on 22nd May 1941. The aircraft was detailed for a formation flying practice commencing at 0700 hours and upon returning from the practice the pilot had difficulties with the engine and the aircraft was unable to keep flying and crashed to the ground. The other two crew members survived the crash but Sergeant Dowse was thrown from the aircraft and died instantly.

Toowoomba R.A.A.F.
Man Killed
TOOWOOMBA, May 23. — Word has been received in Toowoomba that Sergeant Observer Ralph Kell Dowsen, of the R.A.A.F., 25, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Dowsen, of  Isabel Street, Toowoomba, has been killed as the result of air operations.
Sergeant Oberver Dowse was educated at the North State School and afterwards at the Toowoomba Grammar School.
For five years he was on the staff of Messrs. Thompson and Sharland, chartered accountants, Brisbane, and, prior to enlistment was with Messrs. Griffin and Ralph, Brisbane. His  only brother, Edgar, is serving with the Transport Section of the A.I.F. Abroad.