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Samuel Junior Lowman


Samuel Junior Lowman was born in Warsaw, Indiana, the son of Samuel Martin Lowman and Thelma F. Paulus Lowman. On Jul 6, 1944, he took off from Boxted as part of Daily Red Flight, led by Lt. Barney P. Casteel. They were on a bombing/strafing mission in northern France. Lowman was Red 3 in a four plane squadron. They were at 15,000 feet just south of the village of Bernay when they were bounced by 15 Me-109s. They jettisoned their bombs and belly tanks and broke right. Lt. Casteel reported seeing an enemy aircraft firing at Lowman from about 700 yards behind and above. Lt. Kyle reported seeing Lowman's plane being struck by 20mm bullets around the intercooler doors, pitch up, hang momentarily, then fall earthward, smoking, at about a 40 degree dive. Both pilots lost sight of him at about 8,000 feet due to their yanking and banking. Lowman's Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, # 42-25721 named "Target For Tonight", impacted south of Bernay, France.


Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron



Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Near Bernay, France 6 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 15:18:36 millebr Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, highest rank, biography and awards

Indiana, Birth Certificates;; M.A.C.R. 6700 (statements)

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2016 10:47:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and media associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 6716;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6700 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list