James Robert Richard (1900-1977)
aka Robert Sydney Bowen
James Robert Richard was the pseudonym of Robert Sydney Bowen Jr who was an American author and journalist. He was born in Boston in 1900. As a teenager he left America and travelled to France and the UK. Lying about his age, the young Robert, enlisted in the British Flying Corps and became a pilot. After the war he worked as a journalist for newspapers in Britain, France and America. He was also editor of Aviation Magazine.
In the 1930s he began his writing career with a non-fictional aviation book, and then branched into fiction, penning war and adventure stories for several pulp magazines. He even started his own pulp fiction war magazine. In the Second World War he was commissioned to write adventure stories based on the war and the Dave Dawson series came into being. The series immensely popular and it is probably these books he is most famous for. After this success, the author went on to write another war series, The Red Randall series, and also many more books aimed at teenage boys - these were for the most part sports or adventure orientated.
Using the pseudonym of James Robert Richard, he wrote another 9 books, most of which were horse themed. He also wrote one horse story under his real name. I don't know what his connection was to horses, if any. His horse books were mainly adventures/mysteries set against ranching backdrops and again aimed at boys.