Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB DN366 of No.196 Sqn, RAF, dived into the ground near Faseny Cottage in the Lammermuir Hills on the 14th February 1943


Hawker Typhoon at the RAF Museum, Hendon


Jack Bowler Sergeant Pilot Killed


On the 14th February No.197 Squadron were carrying out a number of non-operational exercises from their home station at RAF Drem near North Berwick in East Lothian. These included cine gun interceptions, low cloud flying, formation flying and some air to air gunnery. At 15:05 while on one of those exercise Sergeant Jack Bowler lost control of DN366 while over the Lammermuir Hills and dived into the ground close to Faseny Cottage which is between Gifford and Longformacus. Sergeant Bowler was killed in the crash, his body was recovered and buried near to where he lived at South Hayling on Hayling Island in Hampshire.

Wreckage at the crash site of Typhoon DN366 in the Lammermuir Hills
A scar, which is well hidden by vegetation, containing shattered pieces of the aircraft remains at the crash site today.