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J. C. Bowlan


While serving a Co-Pilot on B-17G 43-37613 on 16-Aug-44 the aircraft was severely damaged by enemy aircraft. The pilot managed to fly the stricken aircraft back to England and landed at Boreham, Essex, UK. The aircraft was too badly damaged to repair and was sent to 2SAD for salvage on 17-Aug-44. He was uninjured and returned to duty (RTD)


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 43-37613

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 43-37613 was delivered Cheyenne 4-May-44; Hunter 18-May-44; Grenier 3-Jun-44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-A] Bassingbourn 15-Jun-44 Aircraft was damaged by enemy fighter attack on 16-Au-44 while on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle,...


  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


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Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 14:46:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record now includes information from the following source: MACR 8182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.
Correction of some spelling errors.

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2014 23:01:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 18-Dec-2014. Added SN and BS assoiciation per MACR 8182; crafted biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:38 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8181