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Samuel Henry Bowman III

Military

Joined squad 11 Feb 1944. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 11 July 1944. Trans/12th RCD 16 July 1944.

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  • Patrick Commisa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 2/11/44. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 5/30/44. Trans/492 BG 6/20/44.

  • Bernard Creedon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 2/11/44. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 5/30/44. DS/1287 Military Police Company 6/13/44. Trans/492 BG...

  • Kenneth Dropek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd. . 2/11/44. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 5/30/44. Trans to 482nd BG 6/16/44.

  • Donald Ennis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner/Nose Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd. 7/5/44. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 2/26/45. Trans/70 RD 3/15/45.

  • Charles Gordon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Charles Gordon flew 17 missions as a navigator and 18 as a bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Shipdham, England. ...

  • James Rossman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Our crew arrived in England on about the last day of November or the first of December, 1943. The American Air Offensive against Nazi Germany was under way with daily strikes against Nazi targets. Our crew, along with six others, were assigned to the...

  • Michael Tarzia

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, A/C #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD.

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, MN 12 August 1921
Lived in Minneapolis, MN 1930
Lived in Miami, Florida 1942
Enlisted West Palm Beach, FL 3 April 1942

Morrison AAF

44th BG Combat Tour Shipdham Airfield, UK 11 February 1944 – 11 July 1944
Crash Landed RAF Friston, UK 12 March 1944

42-7507. A/C burned. Crew were ok.

Died Winter Park, FL 10 October 1971
Buried Minneapolis, MN 15 October 1971

Lakewood Cemetery
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA Add to Map
Plot
Sect 23 Lot 6 grave 38

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