Edward Berkley (Teddy) ROWELL


ROWELL, Edward Berkley

Service Number: 422714
Enlisted: 23 May 1942, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 467 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Lindfield, New South Wales, 17 November 1921
Home Town: Barmedman, Bland, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), North Sea, 23 October 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At sea Runnymede (Air Forces) Memorial, Surrey, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

23 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 422714, Sydney, New South Wales
6 Sep 1944: Transferred Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, No. 467 Squadron (RAAF)
23 Oct 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 422714, No. 467 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Bruce Strong

Edward Berkley (Teddy) Rowell was the eldest son of Edward Jameson Rowell and Constance Isobel Rowell (nee Strong).  Teddy enlisted in the RAAF on 23 May 1942. He was posted to fly with 467 Squadron RAAF, in England, on 6 September 1944. He attained the rank of Acting Flying Officer.  

Pilot Rowell, and hs crew, flew on raids to Le Havre, Stuttgart, Bremerhaven, Karlsruhe, Wilemshaven, Bremen and Walcheren. On 23 October 1944 they took part in their ninth raid on Flushing (Vlissingen, Netherlands). Their Lancaster bomber (Registration No. NF989, squadron identification PO-P) was badly damaged and was seen by other aircraft on the return flight over the North Sea and in trouble. The entire crew of seven men (4 x RAAF and 3 x RAF) was lost at sea.