09.04.1941 No. 64 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7784 SH-L P/O. John H. Rowden
Date: 9th April 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 64 Squadron
Type: Spitfire Mk IIA
Base: RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Location: near Fort-Mardyck 5 km west of Dunkerque France
Pilot: P/O. John Hampton Rowden 83249 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Attacked and shot down by an Me109 of II/JG51 flown by Hauptmann Josef Fözö. The aircraft apparently came down near a flak battery within the airfield at Fort-Mardyck, creating huge interest as shown by the series of photographs. Some of which we have decided not to place on the page of remembrance or we have masked.
Above P/O. John Hampton Rowden with photographs below showing the wreckage (courtesy Michel Beckers)
Area of operations
Note: Built at the Castle Bromwich Factory and fitted with the Merlin XII Engine.
P/O. John Hampton Rowden at rear 3rd from the left
P/O. John Hampton Rowden. Dunkirk Town Cemetery. Plot 2 Row 1 Grave 44. Husband of Catherine Rowden (née Finch) of Vernon Avenue, Rugby, England.
Researched by Michel Beckers, with photographs supplied by the Rowden family and Edward McManus. Other sources as quoted in the section below.