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(Raymond) Chaz Bowyer
Born: 1926 in Weymouth, England
Other Names: Bowyer, Chaz
Nationality: English
Occupation: Writer
Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2001. From Gale Biography In Context.
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2019 Gale, a Cengage Company
Updated:May 4, 2001

Family: Born September 29, 1926, in Weymouth, England; son of Reginald (a builder) and Dorothy (Northam) Bowyer; widowed; children: Katharin, Jeff, Lisa Janine. Education: Attended high school in Solihull and Nelson, England. Memberships: Royal Air Force Association (life member). Addresses: Home and Office: 77 Southern Reach, Mulbarton, Norwich NR14 8BU, England.


Royal Air Force, 1943-69, retired as sergeant; served as armament technician, airman, and instructor in explosives and armaments; stationed in Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Singapore, and Aden; writer, 1958--.



  • The Flying Elephants, Macdonald & Co., 1972.
  • Mosquito at War, Ian Allan, 1973.
  • (Editor) Bomber Pilot, 1916-18, Ian Allan, 1974.
  • (Editor) Fighter Pilot on the Western Front, William Kimber, 1975.
  • Hurricane at War, Ian Allan, 1975.
  • Airmen of World War I, Arms & Armour Press, 1975.
  • Sunderland at War, Ian Allan, 1976.
  • (Editor) Wings over the Somme, William Kimber, 1976.
  • Beaufighter at War, Ian Allan, 1976.
  • Hampden Special, Ian Allan, 1977.
  • Path Finders at War, Ian Allan, 1977.
  • Albert Ball, V.C., William Kimber, 1977.
  • History of the R.A.F., Hamlyn, 1977.
  • Sopwith Camel: King of Combat, Glasney Press, 1978.
  • For Valour: The Air V.C.s, William Kimber, 1978.
  • Guns in the Sky: The Air Gunners, Dent, 1979.
  • Coastal Command at War, Ian Allan, 1979.
  • Fighter Command, 1936-38, Dent, 1980.
  • Spitfire: A Tribute, Arms & Armour Press, 1980.
  • Bomber Group at War, Ian Allan, 1980.
  • (Editor) Fall of an Eagle: Ernst Udet, William Kimber, 1980.
  • Eugene Esmonde, V.C., D.S.O., William Kimber, 1981.
  • Desert Air Force at War, Ian Allan, 1981.
  • Age of the Biplane, Bison Books, 1981.
  • Air War over Europe, 1939-45, William Kimber, 1981.
  • Encyclopedia of British Military Aircraft, Arms & Armour, 1982.
  • Wellington at War, Ian Allan, 1982.
  • Bomber Barons, William Kimber, 1983.
  • Images of Air War, 1939-45, Batsford, 1983.
  • R.A.F. Handbook, 1939-45, Ian Allan, 1984.
  • Bristol Blenheim, Ian Allan, 1984.
  • Fighter Pilots of the R.A.F., 1939-45, William Kimber, 1984.
  • Mosquito Squadrons of the R.A.F., Ian Allan, 1984.
  • Men of the Desert Air Force, William Kimber, 1984.
  • Gloster Meteor, Ian Allan, 1985.
  • Men of Coastal Command, William Kimber, 1985.
  • Bristol F2B: King of the Two-Seaters, Ian Allan, 1985.
  • Tales from the Bombers, William Kimber, 1985.
  • The Wellington Bomber, William Kimber, 1986.
  • Beaufighter, William Kimber, 1987.
  • RAF Operations, 1918-38, William Kimber, 1988.
  • The Short Sunderland, Aston Publications, 1989.
  • Handley Page Bombers of World War I, Aston Publications, 1990.
  • (Editor) Enemy Coast Ahead, Bridge Books, 1995.
  • (Editor) RFC Communiques, 1917-18, Grub Street, 1998.
  • RAF Calshot, 1913-61, F. Smith, 1998.
  • Fighter Pilot, Pen & Sword, 2001.

Author of booklets. Former editor, Journal of the Cross and Cockade Society.



Chaz Bowyer once told CA: "My motivation? Primarily to place on permanent record accurate accounts of men, deeds, and events connected with Royal Air Force history. This is exemplified (perhaps) by For Valour: The Air V.C.s which is now accepted as the standard reference work on the subject. I am tired of reading historical drivel as perpetrated by 'well-known' authors, most of whom are simply novelists or journalists with no background knowledge of genuine aviation history. Too many `military historians' are simply writers jumping on the history bandwagon only for profit."

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"(Raymond) Chaz Bowyer." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2001. Biography in Context, Accessed 24 June 2019.

Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000010991