David B. Fowler
November 1, 1922 – October 3, 2021
David Bigelow Fowler passed away on October 3, 2021 after a brief illness in South Windsor, Connecticut. He was surrounded by his son and family. David was born on November 1, 1922 in Norwood, Massachusetts and was a resident of Clinton since 1963, having lived in the same house for 58 years.
He is survived by two sons: John Fowler, of Dallas, Texas, and Steven Fowler of South Windsor, Connecticut. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Hong D. Fowler and a granddaughter, Rebecca Fowler, both of South Windsor.
He was predeceased by a brother, Theodore Fowler, of Washington Depot, Connecticut and a sister Elizabeth Warrick of Berkeley, California. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Cynthia E. Fowler, and his second wife Deborah D. Fowler.
He grew up in Norwood, Massachusetts where his hobby was building model airplanes. He spent many summers on Cape Cod with his family where he developed a life-long love of boating and especially sailing.
He graduated from the Loomis School, Windsor, Connecticut and attended Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. At the start of World War II, he left Brown to enlist in the Army Air Corps. After returning from World War II he completed a Bachelor’s degree at Boston University School of Management.
During World War II, he served as a P-51 Mustang pilot with the Eighth Air Force, Fourth Fighter Group and was stationed in Debden, England between May 2, 1944 and December 1, 1944. His group was responsible for escort duties of heavy bombers over Europe and did much close ground support work before and after the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. During his service he flew 64 combat missions and was promoted from First Lieutenant to Flight Commander.
For bravery in aerial combat, he was awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. These medals recognized his “extraordinary achievement in aerial flight over enemy occupied Continental Europe”, his “skillful and zealous manner” in which he piloted his “kite”, and “serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers”. Furthermore, his citation recognized that his “actions on all occasions reflect the highest credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States”.
He spent most of his working life in the insurance business, primarily with the Commercial Union Insurance Company, of Boston, Massachusetts. From 1963 until his retirement in 1985 he was a marketing representative responsible for the state of Connecticut. During retirement he supported the Connecticut Aeronautical Society doing volunteer work at the New England Air Museum at Bradley Field, Connecticut. He was also an instructor with the Saybrook Power Squadron, an organization devoted to boating safety. In his later years he was an instructor with Literacy Volunteers of Westbrook, Connecticut. In addition, for twelve years he was a volunteer driver for the Estuary Council’s Meals on Wheels program in the shoreline area.
He had many fond memories of meeting his aviation buddies for breakfast in local restaurants. He is deeply missed by all who knew him.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021