Percival John Hamilton ROWAN


ROWAN, Percival John Hamilton

Service Number: 36133
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 40 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 29 January 1916
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Christ Church Grammar School and St Georges College, University of Western Australia
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Netherlands, 10 May 1940, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Rozenburg General Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave 11
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

10 May 1940: Involvement Royal Air Force (WW2), Flying Officer, SN 36133, No. 40 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Percival John Hamilton ROWAN was born on 29th January, 1916 in Western Australia

His parents were Archibald Hamilton ROWAN and Madeline Ida BROWN who married in 1914 in Western Australia

He went to Point Cook in 1936 and enlisted with the Royal Air Force in January, 1937 and was with the first British Squadron in France at the outbreak of WW2

He was an Australian pilot with the RAF's 40th Squadron and flew Bristol Blenheim Mk IV light bombers.

He was promoted to Flying Officer on 10th November, 1939 (London Gazette)

On May 10th 1940 he was the pilot in a Blenheim (L8828 BL) which went to bomb German positions at the Dutch airfield at Ypenburg  - most of the 12 bombers returned but three did not

His plane with two crew was shot down by a fighter over the North Sea  off Rotterdam.  Weeks later on June 2nd, his body was washed ashore at Rozenburg and was initially buried on the spot, but in 1941 he was reinterred at the Rozenburgh General Cemetery , west of Rotterdam.


His father Archibald Hamilton ROWAN served as a Lieutenant with the 6th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse in the Boer War - he joined on 7th May, 1902


Trove articles

West Australian (Perth, WA) 6th June 1940 page 14


Flying officer, Percival John Hamilton Rowan (24) of the Royal Air Force who has been missing since May 10.  The only son of Mr. A Hamilton Rowan of Karalee, he was eductaed at Christ Church Grammar School and went to Point Cook in 1936.

He joined the R.A.F. in January 1937 and was with the first British squadron in France at the outbreak of the war.

DEATHS.  Killed in Action

ROWAN  On May 10, killed in action over Holland, Flying Officer, Percival John Hamilton Rowan, R.A.F.  loved only son of Archibald and the late Madeline Ida Rowan, aged 24 years

Dearly loved stepson of Jessie Roberta Rowan and loved brother of Eleanor.