42-102632 Due Back

Object Number - UPL 16695 - Bowers Crew - Due Back Back Row - (L - R) James P Doster (Co-Pilot)- Larry J Moore (Bombadier) - Hugh Bowers (Pilot) - George A Pasvanis...

Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 1/4/44; Dow Fd 18/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ-B] Rattlesden 22/4/44; Missing in Action Ausum A/Fd, Ger 27/8/44 with Hugh Bowers, Co-pilot: Jim Doster, Navigator: George Pasvanis, Bombardier: Leonard Moore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Miller, Radio Operator: Bill Purcell, Ball turret gunner: Ed Noga, Waist gunner: Nathan Stark,Tail gunner: Ed Bennett (9KIA-bodies washed up later); flak, crashed off Sylt, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 8458. DUE BACK.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31219826
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35652655
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Places

Missions

  • Date: 27 August 1944

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Due Back
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

North Sea 27 August 1944 Due Back was part of a mission (583) to Attack Berlin but RTB due to WX. On return - Crew attempted to attack Husum Airfield in NW Germany near the coast of the North Sea and Danish Border (Airfield is incorrectly ID'd as Ausum in MACR 8458). Lt. Hugh Bowers' Crew were all lost (KIA). Conflicting reports of loss due to Flak (from MACR) and a Collision from a post mission report which Mentions Lt. Bowers on his 35th mission (Damn it) may have collided with a B-24 and crashed into the Sea. All bodies were later recovered on the German Island of Sylt on the Danish/German Coast of the North Sea. God rest the souls of these brave men!

Revisions

Date3 Feb 2017 23:23:00
Contributortimothymotz
Sources

Timothy Motz; from mission list kept by Harold Motz, compared with Doyle Shields, "History of the 447th Bomb Group"

Date28 May 2016 23:59:12
ContributorPilotson2
Sources

The crew of the Due Back 42-102632 was possibly on their 25th mission (not 35th). The mission target was Berlin.

Date1 Mar 2015 02:10:22
ContributorPilotson2
Sources

Son of pilot is source of information.

Date27 Feb 2015 00:34:51
Contributornoelark
Sources

noelark

Date27 Feb 2015 00:23:54
Contributornoelark
Date27 Feb 2015 00:21:12
Contributornoelark
Date27 Feb 2015 00:16:17
Contributornoelark
Sources

MACR 8458

Date27 Feb 2015 00:13:25
Contributornoelark
Date17 Feb 2015 19:35:35
ContributorPilotson2
Sources

Source: Picture of aircraft and crew, Christopher Bowers (son of pilot)

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:11
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8458 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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