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Allan W Lowry


On 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24506 'The Shiftless Skonk' while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft crashed near Watford on returning from a mission. Plane had been attacked by fighters.

On 4-Mar-43 B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft was attacked repeatedly by German fighters and was ditched into North Sea. The aircraft broke in half and three of the crew, including 1Lt Lowry were lost but 7 returned to duty. No MACR was issued for this event. Killed in Action (KIA).



Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 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...

  • 41-24506 The Shiftless Skonk

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B17-F 41-24506 'The Shiftless Skonk; was assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-G] Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Despatched on 23-Nov-1942 to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The Group was unable to bomb because of 10/10 cloud cover and headed...


  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


Event Location Date
Born Costa, California
Crashed Leavesden Aerodrome, Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 7BZ, UK 23 November 1942

Crashed in severely damaged B-17F 41-24506 upon return from a mission to St. Nazaire when 91BG aborted the mission due to cloud cover over the target. Returned to duty (RTD)

Killed in Action (KIA) Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters and ditched into the North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland. His remains were never recovered.

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

Lost at sea with the aircraft. Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 19:52:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 2-Dec-2014. Added KIA event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 19:48:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 2-Dec-2014. All changes based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & JohnA. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 21:24:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. One by Bishop and Hey, p. 49