Ralph Bowen was an economist in the United States Department of State during World War II who worked with Soviet spy, Flora Wovschin. Wovschin, who was acquainted with Bowen and his wife Sue since their youth together in the Comintern affiliated Young Communist League. A March 1945 Venona project decryption from the Soviet Communist Moscow Center ordered the New York KGBV office to follow up on a report from Wovschin. was cone of Soviet intelligence's most productive spies. Bowen was assigned cover name ALAN.
Ralph Bowen is referenced in the following Venona decrypt:
227 KGB New York to Moscow, 13 March 1945.
- John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999), pg. 200.