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Peter Duncan Bowen was born at Canterbury on 6th September 1920, the eldest son of Canon Harry Bowen. He was educated at Broadwater Manor School, Worthing and the King’s School Canterbury from September 1934 to December 1938.
Bowen joined the RAF in May 1939 on a short service commission.
He completed his training and arrived at 12 Group Pool Aston Down on 8th March 1940. After converting to Defiants he joined 264 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 6th April and served with it throughout the Battle of Britain.
On 18th March 1941 Bowen was seriously injured when he struck another Defiant as he was taking off. The other aircraft had just landed and was taxying down the flare path instead of turning off it.
Bowen was reported ‘Missing’ after a night operation with 169 Squadron at Little Snoring on 13th February 1944. Mosquito NF Mk.II DD629 came down in the sea near Burnham, Norfolk. P/O JL Atkinson was also lost.
Bowen was 23 and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 201.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner