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Neville "Bowks" Bowker (1918 in Orange Free State - 21 May 2005 in Australia) was a South African Captain / Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force during World War II.


Bowker Neville was born in 1918 in the independent state of Orange, in South Africa but grew up in Southern Rhodesia. He joined the South Rhodesian Air Force before being transferred to the RAF in mid-1940. It performs its operational conversion to OTU 70 before joining the Squadron 112 on February 14, 1941, when Greece joined the unit. There, he won many successes against Italian aviation. When the unit is returned to the rear, in Crete, it is slightly wounded and captured by the Germans. He manages to escape from the field hospital in which he is held and managed to return to Egypt where he joined his unit. Continuing to fight throughout the year, it now flies on Tomahawk above the Western Desert. The December 27, 1941, when he flies aboard his Tomahawk AN283, it is slightly affected by fire coming from the ground and shot. Taken prisoner, he spent the rest of the war in a camp. The announcement of the surrender of the DFC is published in October 1943 with retroactive effect to January 6, 1942. In the meantime, he was promoted Flight Lieutenant. After the war, he returned to Rhodesia where he marries. He became a farmer in Rhodesia and Mozambique. He retired in Australia in 1992. He died May 21, 2005.



  1. 1.0 1.1 World War 2 Awards
  2. London Gazette (1 October 1943)

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