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  1. #1
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    Chaz Bowyer

    With regret I would like to report the death of my father, aviation historian Chaz Bowyer. He passed away peacefully yesterday (18th June) at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital aged 81, after a brief illness. His immediate family were all with him.

    I am Chaz's daughter and would like to thank all the well-wishers for their e-mails of condolence which are a great comfort to the family at this time. Dad lived and breathed aircraft and the brave airmen that flew them from a very young age and his interest and passion for the subject never diminished. I know he would have been touched at some of the tributes we have been sent.

    If anybody would like to contact me please use my e-mail address at - lisajhoare@hotmail.com

    Please feel free to pass this information on to any forums you feel may be interested in Dads passing, I would like to let the wider Aviation community know.

    Thanks - Lisa

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    Extremely saddened to hear this, he was an aviation legend during my growing up, with my face usually deeply buried in his books he allowed my interest to grow.

    My condolences to you and your family

    James

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    Absolutely - my very first Aviation book was written by Chaz Bowyer, as was the book that spurred my interest in the Spitfire, and led ultimately to my working on them for a living.

    Lisa, I am sure I am not alone in expressing my condolences to you at this sad time.

    With very best regards


    Bruce Gordon

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    Sorry to hear of your loss. I'm sure we've all read at least one of your father's books over the years!

    My condolences.
    Daren Cogdon

    Spitfire fanatic

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    Blue skies, Chaz.

    Another one who read his books... You'll be missed, mate!

    Adrian
    "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.

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    It was only a couple of weeks ago, that I was trying to contact your father in regard to a documentary film being made. I was so sorry to hear from you of his passing yesterday in your email to me.
    Sincere condolences to you, and your family, Lisa.

    To Chaz? ..thank you for your inspiration. Blue sky to you Sir.
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    Lisa,

    My condolences. I not only have found his books to be enjoyable and informative but, when I needed help for one of my projects, he went out of his way to help me track down a particular photograph. A real gentleman.

    I reach for his books regularly and there is a well thumbed copy of his Short Sunderland book open on my desk right now.

    Kind regards

    Allan King

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    Lisa,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. Chaz was an inspiration to all of us in the aviation community and will be greatly missed.

    Kidest Regards,
    Peter

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    Like many others on here and in the UK, my first book on aircraft was by the great man himself....it was a huge book on the RAF History and was full of great photos that really got me into aviation heritage. Condolescences to family and friends.....Blue skies Chaz

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    In my early 20s, back home in Hyderabad, southern India when I had just joined in my first job, I remember going to a top end book store and coming across a hard bound book on a topic i loved. I just had to have it but was too expensive at that time and I didnt have the moolah. So began a period of wait and watch where I would go to the book store every other day to confirm that the book was still there. It was more like I was stalking that book for a period of time! Finally when I was able to save the money, I went and bought the book. It was "Hurricane and Messerschmitt at War" - bought for a princely 15$ equivalent in Rupees which was roughly almost all of my discretionary income for that month. (No parties, no eating out :d).

    I still have that book - occupying a prominent place in my library.


    Thank you Mr. Bowyer, for providing us with years of wonderful reading pleasure . May you R.I.P.

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    Please accept my condolancies too, my childhood aviation passion was fed by several of Chaz's books, they hit the mark and were much loved and read.

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    As has been said one of the great aviation writers and historians.

    Lisa, my condolences.............

    Planemike...........

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    Unhappy R.I.P. Mr Chaz.....

    WOW, that's a real shock Lisa!

    Your's father has had me stuck in book's since i was a tot I reckon.

    He was a great Man among men, and seemed to have had a very full on and amazing life!

    My condolences and kindest regard's to you Lisa and family from down here in Oz!

    I can imagine Chaz flying off in to a setting sun, in a Spitfire

    R.I.P. mate

    Lest We Forget another fallen hero.
    Cheer's all far and WIDE!! , Tally Ho from Phil in Oz!

    WHAT GOE'S UP MUST COME DOWN

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    Condolences from me too.

    And like others have said, it was a Chaz Bowyer book that was my first ever aviation book bought when knee high to a Spitfire with saved up pocket money.

    Mosquito at War, bought from the shop at the RAFM Hendon about a month after the museum opened.
    I was with it all the way until letting the brakes off..........

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