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Harry E Owens

Military

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Original member of Lt Larson's crew. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6534

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • James Chandler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 ...

  • Milton Copeland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Larson crew. Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3118 'Green Hornet'. Mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. Struck by an ME109. MACR 1875. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • Jack Dwyer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Mickow crew. Original member of the Larson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. He was reportedly seen bailing out and deploying his parachute....

  • Austin Larson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Larson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3118 'The Green Hornet'. Mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. Struck by an ME109. MACR 1875. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • George Macko

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Larson crew. 381st G, 534th BS, 8th AF. To 121 Station Hospital.

  • Horace Neff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Larson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3118 'Green Hornet'. Mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. Struck by an ME109. MACR 175. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Edwin Nix

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Larson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3118 'Green Hornet'. Mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. Struck by an ME109. MACR 1875. Prisoner of War. ...

  • George Regan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Larson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3118 'Green Hornet'. Mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. Struck by an ME109. MACR 1875. Possibly taken to a German field hospital...

  • Victor Romasco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Michael Trainor

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Larson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3118 'Green Hornet'. Mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. Struck by an ME109. MACR 1875. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIb. ...

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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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102585 'The Betty L'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 24/4/44; Missing in Action 12m Tours 24/6/44 with Vic Romasco, Navigator: Jim Chandler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elbert Giddens,Tail gunner:...

Missions

  • 438

    24 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born College Mound, Missouri, USA 21 March 1908

Son of Luther Berry and Susan Jane [Culbertson] Owens.

Macon, Cty, Missouri

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 18 November 1942

Los Angeles, California

Based Ridgewell November 1943 – 24 June 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in Action Valleres-le-Hay, France 24 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, France KIA. MACR 6534

Buried Mount Carmel Cemetery Clifton Hill, Randolph County, MO May 1949

Re-Interred
Mount Carmel Cemetery
Clifton Hill,
Randolph County, MO

Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2019 15:05:53 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/317283663
https://www.fold3.com/record/85055946-harry-e-owens
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763317?rec=299390584
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70049456/harry-e-owens

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2018 20:21:02 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2016 13:51:46 fredoscop Changes to media associations
Sources

Fond Chauvin (Tours)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, MACR 6534, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6534 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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