Allan Wesley LowryMilitary ROLL OF HONOUR
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).
Awards: DSC, AM, PH.
DSC Citation: "The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Allan W. Lowry (ASN: O-661513), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Co-Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission over enemy occupied continental Europe on 4 March 1943. The airplane in which Lieutenant Lowry was serving was attacked by a force of enemy fighter aircraft and was forced down on the North Sea after a long and gallant flight. In utter disregard for his own safety, Lieutenant Lowry remained at his post and aided other crew members to leave the airplane; in so doing, he sacrificed his own chance for escape. By his devotion to duty and complete disregard for his personal welfare Lieutenant Lowry helped to save the lives of other crew members, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the armed forces of the United States."
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- Date: 23 November 1942
- Official Description: 36 HBs hit Saint-Nazaire submarine base for the fifth time in 2 weeks. Cumulative effect of operation on the base is large though the sub shelter shows little permanent damage. HB crews report change in ftr tactics from rear to head-on attack as they...
- Date: 27 February 1943
|Covelo, CA||1920-01-02||Son of Trueman James and Maude E Lowry.|
|Leavesden Aerodrome, Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 7BZ, UK||1942-11-23||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)|
|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.|
Killed in Action (KIA)
|Texel, Netherlands||1943-03-04||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.|
Lee Cunningham 2-Dec-2014. Added KIA event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.
Lee Cunningham 2-Dec-2014. All changes based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & JohnA. Hey MBE.
Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)