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
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...
Home of the Memphis Belle
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...
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...
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,...
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 ...
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...
||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)
||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.
||Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK
Lost at sea with the aircraft. Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.