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Remembered Today:

Capt Reginald George Bower RFC


stan

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A friend of mine (a Spitfire pilot from WW2 who dislikes Spitfires but loves SE5a's) has always believed that his father was an RFC Capt who flew SE5's. However I can find no record of a aero-club certificate in that name. Has anyone heard anything about an officer of this name?

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Can't see anything likely in AIR 76 either

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Stan

You've no doubt looked there before me, but I couldn't see an R G Bower in Flight from 1914 to 1919.

Gareth

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I'm beginning to think it might be one of those embarrassing family story things.

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Stan,

There's no mention of anyone by this name in Sturtivant and Page's "The SE5 File" either - this book is about as comprehensive a guide to the type and its pilots ever written. Have you looked at the AWM files, as when I saw this query coming in from Oz I just wondered if there was an AFC link?

Regards,

Trevor

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There is no R G Bower listed in the Air Force Lists of of officers dated May 1918 or Feb 1919, just an R Bower (2nd Lt) in the latter.

Errol

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Thanks for this. I'd hate to disappoint my friend. The Dad was definitely in and from England, my friend came out after the war. Anyway to find out what the R stood for?

cheers

Adrian

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Can you add any more family details - parents, place of birth, whom he married, so that we can figure out where to focus a search?

Steve.

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Born in Hants in England, married to Maud or Lillian Maude Mitchell. He went just by Reginald apparently.

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There is a marriage of a George Bowers (with an "s") to Lillian M Mitchell at Poplar, Middlesex in 1932 (Apr-May-Jun Qtr 1932, Vol 1c, Page 596)

Could this be the right one?

Steve.

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Not unless he married a second time, which is possible. My friend started getting a bit evasive when I started asking about his family. Does it list the Father's occupation? Mind you the 's' represents a bit of a problem - though it's not unknown for people to drop or add bits on names for various reasons.

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Not unless he married a second time, which is possible. My friend started getting a bit evasive when I started asking about his family. Does it list the Father's occupation? Mind you the 's' represents a bit of a problem - though it's not unknown for people to drop or add bits on names for various reasons.

Hi Adrian,

I have just check the BJV Database and no Bower appears on it

Andrew

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