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2nd Lt David Dennys Fowler RFC


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Name: FOWLER, DAVID DENNYS

Initials: D D

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps

Age: 20

Date of Death: 17/03/1917

Additional information: Son of the late James and Mary Fowler.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Cemetery: ROTTINGDEAN (ST. MARGARET) CHURCHYARD

Reference: COR/1/3/469

Creation dates: 19 Mar 1917

FOWLER

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David Dennys, 2nd Lieut, 78 H D Squadron, RFC stationed at Telscombe Aerodrome, from Dyxcroft, Rottingdean, 19; burns and other injuries in night flight crash; accidental death

Another lad from the East Sussex Coroners Records - any further info would be greatly appreciated

Chris

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Lt D D Fowler, of No 78 Sqn RFC, was killed in action while flying BE 2e 7181 on an anti-Zeppelin patrol on 7 May 1917. He crashed about one and a half miles from Telscombe Cliffs aerodrome about nine minutes after take off; he was probably trying to return to the aerodrome.

I hope that this helps.

Gareth

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Garth

Thanks very much for the information - every little helps

Chris

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LG 28-3-1916

SUPPLEMENTARY TO REGULAR UNITS OR CORPS.

ROYAL FLYING CORPS.

Military Wing.

The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants (on probation): —

Dated 15th March, 1916.

David Dennys Fowler.

LG 5-8-1916

ROYAL FLYING CORPS.

Mil. Wing.—The undermentioned appts. are made:—

Flying Officers.—

17th July 1916.

2nd Lt. D. D. Fowler, Spec. Res.

Steve.

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Steve

thanks very much for that

Chris

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Andy

thanks very much for that - can I use the photo on the proposed data base please

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2nd Lieutenant D.D. Fowler.

Royal Flying Corps.

Aged 19.

Eldest son of the late James Fowler, of Dyxcroft, Rottingdean, and Redcourt, Wimbledon Common, and the late Mrs. Fowler.

Trinity College Cambridge.

Was engaged to Miss Joan Waterhouse of Brighton.

2nd Lieutenant Fowler joined the Royal Flying Corps in March, 1916, and spent some months on service in the North of Emgland. In September, 1916, he was ordered to Salonika, and in the following month was wounded and sent to Malta. In December he was invalided home and on recovery was posted to the Aerodrome at Telscombe, near Brighton. He was killed on March, 17th, 1917, at Telscombe, while night flying by orders from Headquarters, as enemy aircraft had been sighted. The actual cause of the accident is unknown, death being instantaneous. At the time of his accident he was Officer-in-Command at Telscombe Aerodrome. He was buried with full military honours in Rottingdean Churchyard.

At the inquest held at Newhaven, at which all the evidence procurable was given, both Officers and men testified that he was a most competent and skilful pilot. One of his men spoke of him as being "as fearless as a lion, and as playful as a kitten." He was exceedingly popular, not only among the Officers, but also among the men, and his loss is greatly mourned at Telscombe.

Hope this helps you a little.

Andy

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Chris,

No problem with using the photograph, if you want a full size one let me know. Source is 'Harrow Memorials of The Great War, Volume 4.'

Andy

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Andy

thanks very much for the additonal info - yes I would like a full size photo please - will pm you

Chris

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