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Rowland H Evans

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Pilot, Evans crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch. 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to Kiel, Germany.
Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA).

2nd Lieutenant Rowland H. Evans was born July 5, 1916. His next of kin were his mother, Bertha Evans, and an uncle, Philip Zipp. His hometown was Baltimore, Maryland.
He was the copilot of “Bermondsay Battler,” B-17 tail #42-39895, of the 381st Bomb Group, 535th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Detmold, Germany, on February 22, 1944.
He is buried at the US Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium.

Service

People

  • Hoyt Burckhalter

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Evans, Rowland crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a filed and hit a ditch. 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56...

  • Marion Harkness

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Evans, R crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to Kiel...

  • Irving Kraut

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Evans R crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' in Norfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to Kiel,...

  • Delbert Rasey

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    WG, Evans R crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crash landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to Kiel, Germany....

  • Julius Rivera

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Evans R crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to Kiel,...

  • Melvin Samuels

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Evans R crew. 382st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F 42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to...

  • John Sasson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Evans R crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crash landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to Kiel,...

  • Everett Scarborough

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Evans R crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to Kiel,...

  • Lee Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Julius Vargo

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    WG, Evans R crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crash landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission 356 to Kiel, Germany....

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29923 Pappy's Hellions III, Lucky Strike

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/3/43; Casper 28/3/43; Tinker 10/4/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-K] Chelveston 18/5/43 PAPPY'S HELLIONS III; ...

  • 42-39895 Bermondsay Battler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 22/12/43; 12+m Missing in Action Bunde 22/2/44 with Lee Smith, Co-pilot: 1st. Lt. Thomas Paxton Sherwood (in picture), Note: Co-pilot on 22.2.44 was 1st Lt. Rowland...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Baltimore, Maryland 5 July 1916

2nd Lieutenant Rowland H. Evans was born July 5, 1916. His next of kin were his mother, Bertha Evans, and an uncle, Philip Zipp. His hometown was Baltimore, Maryland.

Died Detmold, Germany 22 February 1944

He was the copilot of “Bermondsay Battler,” B-17 tail #42-39895, of the 381st Bomb Group, 535th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Detmold, Germany, on February 22, 1944.

Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2018 20:03:40 ARowe95 Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 04:11:03 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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