Ford Chester Cowherd

Military

Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Evaded capture with the help of the Belgian COMETE evasion network. See Ford Cowherd's page athttps://www.evasioncomete.be/fcowherfc.html, with links to other evadees on his crew.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33261416
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator / Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19040558 and O-729796
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Co-pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17063087 and O-733617
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32351637
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Assistant Engineer / waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13031786
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Assistant Radio Operator / Ball Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Stupntakit
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron

Missions

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States 1923-05-09

Other

Evaded

Belgium, France, Spain 1943-08-17 - 1943-10-18 Landed in parachute near Testelt, Belgium. Was helped on his way to Spain by Belgian and French patriots. Reached Gibraltar and arrived back in England on 18 October 1943. See his page at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fcowherfc.html

Enlisted

Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, United States 1941-11-14 Enlisted as a Private in the Air Corps

Died

West Palm Beach, Florida, United States 2005-02-20

Buried

Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Revisions

Date10 Oct 2021 10:37:44
ContributorED-BB
Sources

Updated website address : www;evasioncomete.be !

Date7 May 2017 01:24:54
ContributorGaleCSmith
Sources

Daughter

Date20 Apr 2015 08:40:25
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 278
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 124

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:41
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 278 / MACR 278; Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database