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Francis Oullette Rowley

Military

Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived 7-Jun-44 mission in B-24 42-94911 'Sweet Sioux'; enemy intruder A/C followed bomber stream back to base, shooting down A/C. Crashed off base near Wetheringsett, Baled out. Returned to Duty (RTD). Co-pilot and pilot of B-17's and B-24's. Flew 35 Missions in B-17 'Piccadilly Tilly'.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Robert Bice

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wilmer Dreher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived 7-Jun-44 mission in B-24 42-94911 'Sweet Sioux'; enemy intruder A/C followed bomber stream back to base, shooting down A/C. Crashed off base near Wetheringsett, Baled out. Returned to Duty (RTD). ...

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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. ...

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 4th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-94911 'Sweet Sioux'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 7-Jun-44 mission with crew #17; enemy intruder A/C followed bomber stream back to base, shooting down 4 x A/C. Crashed off base near Wethering Stell, 7 x RTD, 3 x KIA. MACR ??

  • 44-40458 'Picadilly Tilly'

    B-24 Liberator
    Transferred from the 861BS, 493BG, 8AF. Assignments in 34th BG - 391st BS, 7th BS and 4th BS. Later transferred to the 828BS, 485BG, 15AF where it was lost in Italy 2-Mar-45 - MACR 12710

Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jackson, Michigan 18 November 1920

Son of Jasper Aubra Rowley and Salomae V [Turcotte] Rowley Layher. Stepson of Charles L Layher.

Enlisted Jackson, MI 6 August 1942

Jackson, Michigan

Based Mendlesham 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Mesa, AZ 10 March 2004

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2019 17:59:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/661712904
https://www.fold3.com/record/84383722-francis-o-rowley
https://www.fold3.com/image/302125547?rec=268844898
http://valortovictory.tripod.com/1944-06.htm
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=francis-o-ro...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/76884073/francis-rowley

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son

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