John Dowling (pilot)

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A Belvedere helicopter
Dowling used a Bristol Belvedere helicopter to place the spire at Coventry Cathedral

Wing Commander John Reginald Dowling, MBE,[1] DFC, AFC (1922/23–2000) was a British helicopter pilot famous for placing the spire on the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral on 22 April 1962.[2] He was a Lancaster bomber pilot during the Second World War,[2] and the author of RAF Helicopters: The First Twenty Years, a comprehensive overview of the RAF's early helicopters and their uses.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41589. p. 9. 30 December 1958.
  2. ^ a b "Wing Commander John Dowling". The Telegraph. 28 July 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2012.