David Rowland recently published his 15th and final book, The Spirit of Winsome Winn II, all about the B-17 Flying Fortress which crashed at Patcham after being hit by anti-aircraft fire over Germany.
David has had a passionate interest in how World War Two affected Sussex, since his dramatic childhood in Brighton during the war years, which is now partly told through Spitfires over Sussex and War in the City (volumes 1 and 2), all of which use rare photographs, newspaper stories, personal recollections and first-hand experiences to describe those incredible few years and how they effected the coastline towns including Brighton and Newhaven.
Spitfires over Sussex tells the amazing story of 602 squadron based at Tangmere, and how they fought to keep the skies clear of enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain. His recent book Survivors, tells the incredible stories of airmen who were shot down and lived to tell the tale.
David Rowland was four when war broke out on September 3rd, 1939. He still has vivid memories of the nights when Brighton burned, of sleeping in a Morrison shelter, of carrying a gas mask everywhere and of the many evacuations from the classroom to the air raid shelters outside Finsbury Road Junior School. He went on to work at Sainsbury's before and after two year's National Service with the Royal Air Force, and in 1958 he joined the Brighton Borough Police force, where his duties ranged from beat officer to dog handler, patrol car driver and Police Federation official. David retired from the Police in 1985 and rejoined the Newhaven branch of Sainsbury's, and keenly pursues his hobbies of local history, travel and the American West. David would love to hear from anyone who has any wartime memories or stories they would like to share.