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Allan W. Lowry

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24464 "Excalibur", 91BG/324BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was attacekd by German fighters and forced to ditch in the North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland. 2 others also perished but 7 were rescued by a Royal Navy destroyer.

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 41-24464 Excalibur

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-J] Bassingbourn 20-Feb-43; Missing in Action (MIA) 2m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Shot down by Lt Kostler (IV/NJG1) in Me 110, KO’d #1 & #3,oil pouring away before #4 was...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Killed in Action (KIA) Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was attacked by fighters and force to ditch into the North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Isalnd, Holland.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge AMerican Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 20:41:08 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added NEW person entry. SN and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; all other data and Summary biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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