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Benjamin L Bowman

Military

Went on active duty February 1944. Served as a flight instructor before deployment as a 1st Lt, lead pilot to the 487th Bomb Group in Lavenham, England.

Service

Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 838th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sikeston, Missouri 1 October 1920
Died 1 August 1974
Buried Sikeston, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2018 23:09:14 Steven Bowman Changes to biography
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son

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2018 21:16:36 Steven Bowman Changes to awards
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Son

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2018 21:13:36 Steven Bowman Changes to biography
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Son

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2017 15:56:59 Steven Bowman Changes to biography
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Son, Steven Bowman

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2016 19:33:30 Steven Bowman Changes to biography
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Steven Bowman, son

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2016 19:26:11 Steven Bowman Changes to nickname and role
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Steven Bowman, son

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2016 19:23:23 Steven Bowman Changes to biography
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Steven Bowman, son.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:24 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History, Unit Roster

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