Lewis, Owen Gower (Lieutenant, b.1896 - d.1918)

Unit No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Place Europe: France
Accession Number PR00709
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 3 items (2cm)
Object type Diary
Maker Lewis, Owen Gower
Date made 1918
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Three detailed diaries in exercise books kept by Lieutenant Owen Lewis cover the period from January 1918 when Lewis was transferred to 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps to the 11th of April 1918. Lewis was killed on the 12th of April 1918. Before serving with 3 Sqn AFC Lewis had served with the 10th Company Field Engineers and 7 Squadron Royal Flying Corps (RFC). In August 1917 while with the RFC he was wounded and transferred to England for treatment. The diaries in this collection commence with Lewis' return to active duty in France. The diaries contain enties of one to two pages in length for most days. They describe life in the AFC in detail including flying operations, planes, plane crashes, living conditions, visiting wounded friends in hospital and attending the funerals of those who died. Lewis also writes about his leisure time activities including visits to nearby villages. In January 1918 Lewis was attached to the 31st Heavy Artillery Group for a liaison course, his time with this unit is described in the first diary.