2Lt. Samuel Junior Lowman standing next to his P-47 Thunderbolt "Target For Tonight" (42-25721)
Ground crew members stands beside P-47 Thunderbolt of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, at Boxted air base. This aircraft (UN-P, 42-25721) was lost on 6 July 1944 and its pilot, Second Lieutenant Samuel J. Lowman Jr, was killed in action. See Missing Air Crew Report 6700. Passed for publication 30 Jan 1945.
63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group. P-47D 42-25721 UN-P “Target For Tonight” bearing the well known “Varga” artwork currently being used as the Virgin Airlines logo. This a/c was lost on 6 July 1944 with Lt. Sam P Lowman Jr., being KIA having been hit by fighters near Beaulieu, France.
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
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...
Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Charles J Rosenblatt. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||Near Bernay, France
||6 May 1944