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    Default Antiques Roadshow 11.09.16 - Squadron Leader Hedley Neville Fowler

    I don't see any mention on here, so posting this.

    Yesterday's Antiques Roadshow had a man who had a small collection of photographs of Squadron Leader Hedley Neville Fowler.

    His mother worked as a cleaner at various Ministries in the 1980. She saw these being thrown out at the F&CO and thought it was wrong so asked someone senior. They had no interest in them and told her to take them home. The family has had them since then but felt they should be passed to the officer's family. Anyone with any knowledge was asked to contact the programme.

    Born London 1916
    Family moved to Australia
    Joined RAAF 1936
    Transferred or attached to RAF 1937
    WWII
    To France where shot down May 1940
    Taken prisoner, ended up in Colditz but escaped from there and got back to the UK.
    Test pilot at Boscombe Down where he was killed in an flying accident March 1944
    Sorry rough notes from just running back a recording but I think I have details correct.
    MB

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    He was an only child of Maxwell Thomas Bourne Fowler (died 1954 Hove) and Florence Ayers, born Adelaide, Australia 1877
    MB

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    Hi,

    He gets a write up in 'The Diggers of Colditz' by Jack Champ and Colin Burgess, a book about the Aussies in Colditz. I'll put an add in a Sydney paper you never know.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Hi,

    Summary of H N (Bill) Fowler;

    Posted to 615 Sqn October 1939
    Flew to France Mid November
    By May 1940 he had shot down two Me109 and a Do17.
    Shot down in May 1940 pow
    Escaped Stalag Luft 1 as a German Guard but caught at the docks at the Baltic port of Sassnitz.
    Sent to Oflag IVC
    Escaped Colditz 9/9/42 crossed into Spain 29/1/43.
    Killed on 26/3/43 test flying a Typhoon dive bomber.
    Buried with full military honours at Durrington Cemetery.
    In 1944 his parents meet King George VI to receive his Military Cross for his escape. His mother was the grand-daughter of to Sir Henry Ayers the Premier of South Australia who has the distinction of having Ayers Rock named after him.

    Also they returned to England in 1924 son their only child could attend Rugby School. This done they returned to Australia in 1933 (you could pick up a lead by contacting the school).

    There is a photo of him in the book. Contact me on harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom replace the usual and Ill scan you a photo.

    Regards,

    John.

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    I had a look on Ancestry

    The whole family seemed to have returned to the UK in 1937.
    He was an only child and his mother was born in Australia. Parents obviously dead now.

    I found a tree with them though not a lot of detail so sent a message to the owner of the tree - you can never be sure of a reply on Ancestry though!

    His father was Maxwell Thomas Bourne Fowler and his mother Florence Ayers.
    MB

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    Correction killed 26/3/44.

    John.

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    Hello,

    Some gap-fillers:

    Hedley Neville (Bill) FOWLER.

    Born: London (Marylebone) 8/6/1916.
    Family - Comdr.M.T.Fowler, Mrs.F.Fowler and Mr.H.N.Fowler, arrived Fremantle (destination Adelaide), on board S.S.'ORMONDE' (ex-LONDON), 19/9/1933.
    Education (Aust.): St. Mark's College, Adelaide University (1934-35).
    Served in Militia.
    Joined RAAF as Air Cadet 1936.
    Awarded Wings, (No.1 FTS, Point Cook), 8/12/1936 (Distinguished Pass - 82.4%).
    Embarked Perth, W.A., aboard HMS 'ORFORD' 11/1/1937, accompanied by his parents*, and the following graduates:
    John William ALLSOP
    Donovan Gerhard BOEHM
    James Frederick Powell BROUGH
    Colin Leslie GILBERT
    Duncan Charles Frederick GOOD
    Guy Edward GREY SMITH
    Keith Walter KAUFMANN
    William KINANE
    Cecil Raymond MACE
    James PAINE
    Richard Maurice POWER
    Granted Short Service Commission in RAF as P/O (5 years) w.e.f., 19/2/1937 (S/No.39457)
    Attended an Air Gunnery School (in East Anglia), with 40043 Leslie Redford CLISBY RAF (Aust.).
    To 3 Sqn. 22/4/1939
    To 615 Sqn. 3/10/1939
    To France
    Shot down 15/5/1940 (No.615 Sqn. Hurricane I P2622), approx.1145, 5m N of Fumay, baled out safely. POW following day.
    Awarded Military Cross. LG: 14/12/1943.p.5438 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/5438
    Test Pilot (S/Ldr.), A&AEE, Boscombe Down, Wilts.(Armament Test Sqn.) - Killed, March 26, 1944, during Dive-bombing trials, when Typhoon IB JR307, broke up on climb out.
    Hedley Neville FOWLER MC, RAF - is commemorated on a bronze R.O.H., Memorial Plaque in the Memorial Building, St.Mark's College, Adelaide, S.A.

    * Father:
    Pay-Master Commander Maxwell Thomas Bourne FOWLER RN
    East and West Africa 1887-1900,
    1 clasp, Benin 1897 (Asst. Paymr M.T.B.Fowler RN.,HMS St.George)
    China 1900, no clasp (Asst.Paymr. M.T.B.Fowler, RN, HMS Dido)
    1914-15 Star (Ft. Paymr. M.T.B.Fowler, RN).
    British War and Victory Medals (Paymr. Cmmr. M.T.B.Fowler, RN).

    and...

    https://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archiv...&lot_id=130479

    Col.
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    Hello

    His evasion report can be found in WO 208/3311 (report 994) and is 12 pages long. I did some research about him because he was based in my area with No. 615 Squadron in 1939-1940.

    I can have a look tonight to see if there's a wartime address.

    Joss

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    Hello

    Squadron Leader Hedley Nevile Fowler was my Grandmother's cousin. We are contacting Antiques Roadshow regarding the pictures.

    Susan
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    Hello
    Hedley's mother was Florence Ayres decendant of Sir Henry Ayres governer General New South Wales.

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