Flying Officer Hedley Nevile Fowler

(39457)

B Flight: October 4, 1939

Born on 8 June 1916 in London, he joined the Royal Air Force in February 1937 with a Short Service Commission. After his training, he joined No.3 Squadron. He was transferred to No. 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron on October 4, 1939. Captured, he was sent to Stalag I where he made an escape attempt on 5 November 1941. Quickly caught up, he was taken to Colditz Castle on 1st December, from where he managed to escape with six other officers on 9 September 1942. Returning to England in April 1944, he received the Military Cross before being posted to the Armament Test Squadron at Boscombe Down. He was killed by testing a Hawker Typhoon on 26 March 1944. He is buried in the cemetery of Durrington.

 


List of flights

15/11/39

Gladiator N2303

Croydon — Merville (11 h 30 – 13 h 00)

18/11/39

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Le Touquet (10 h 00 – 10 h 45)

18/11/39

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Le Touquet (12 h 15 – 13 h 05)

21/11/39

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Merville (10 h 10 –11 h20)

25/11/39

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Amiens — Lille — Merville (12 h 10 – 13 h 50)

27/11/39

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Merville (12 h 00 –13 h30)

09/12/39

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Merville (14 h 30 – 15 h 05)

27/12/39

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert — Boulogne (12 h 30 – 13 h 50)

28/12/39

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert — Boulogne (10 h 00 – 11 h 10)

29/12/39

Gladiator N2308

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (14 h 30 – 15 h 30)

31/12/39

Gladiator N2308

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (13 h 00 – 14 h 10)

03/01/40

Gladiator N2309

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (09 h 00 – 10 h 10)

03/01/40

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (14 h 00 – 15 h 05)

03/01/40

Gladiator N2303

Attempted interception and Patrol Saint-Inglevert (15 h 30 – 16 h 00)

05/01/40

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (08 h 00 – 09 h 00)

06/01/40

Gladiator N2304

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (08 h 45 – 10 h 05)

12/01/40

Gladiator N2304

Patrol Vitry-en-Artois (15 h 35 – 16 h 20)

15/02/40

Gladiator N5900

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (16 h 00 – 17 h 15)

26/02/40

Gladiator N5900

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (13 h 30 – 15 h 15)

29/02/40

Gladiator N5980

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (15h45 – 16h55)

02/03/40

Gladiator N5580

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (07h05 – 08h10)

04/03/40

Gladiator N5717

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (07h30 – 08h40)

04/03/40

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (09h25 – 10h55)

05/03/40

Gladiator N2304

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (11h00 – 12h30)

06/03/40

Gladiator N2304

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (10h00 – 11h30)

07/03/40

Gladiator N5585

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (10h00 – 11h00)

08/03/40

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (09h50 – 11h10)

09/03/40

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (13h50 – 14h50)

11/03/40

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (13h50 – 15h00)

12/03/40

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (06h55 – 08h05)

18/03/40

Gladiator N2306

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (duration : 01h10)

19/03/40

Gladiator N5717

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (duration : 01h00)

20/03/40

Gladiator N2306

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (duration : 01h15)

20/03/40

Gladiator N5586

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (duration : 00h40)

22/03/40

Gladiator N5717

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (duration : 01h20)

22/03/40

Gladiator N5580

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (duration : 01h15)

26/03/40

Gladiator N2303

Patroj Saint-Inglevert (duration : 01h25)

27/03/40

Gladiator N2303

Patrol Saint-Inglevert (durée : 01h05)

12/05/40

Hawker Hurricane Mk I

Patroll with No.607 (County of Durham) Squadron, near Tongeren.

Aerial combat with Bf 109 and a possible victory claimed.

Inconclusive claim, lack of available sources.

14/04/40

Hawker Hurricane Mk I

Patrol over Airfields.

Fight with german bomber and a possible victory claimed (inconclusive claim, lack of available sources).

Ju.88 A-1 7A+BH de la 1.(F)/121 ou Ju.88 A-1 de la 3.(F)/123 F6+BL, near Winkel-Sainte-Croix, north-east Gand or Aalst.

15/05/40

Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2622

Escort Bristol Blenheim on Dinant (around 11h00).

Air confrontation, aircraft on fire, parachute jump, captured.

Possible claim by Oberleutnant Franz Eckerle (3./JG76)


List of claims

12/05/40

10h00

1 Bf 109 (I./JG 21, JG 27, I (J)./LG 2 ?).

Near Tongeren.

Inconclusive claim, lack of available sources.

14/05/40

06h00 ou 06h15.

Ju.88 A-1 7A+BH de la 1.(F)/121 or Ju.88 A-1 de la 3.(F)/123 F6+BL

Near Winkel-Sainte-Croix, north-east Gand pr Aalst.

Inconclusive claim, lack of available sources.

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