Norman Chown


The mission standing out in Norman's memory was that over German occupied Denmark when it was impressed upon them that in order to avoid hitting civilians they could only bomb with clear vision and should off-load bombs into the North Sea if the target was unseen. When he - as Radio Operator - tuned in to the given frequency all he heard was 'Achtung Luftwaffe' over and over again. It took them three hours to reach the target and the voice never ceased to repeat the same two words. He assumed the Luftwaffe would be waiting for them and they would end their lives in the cold North Sea. They eventually arrived over the target to find 100% cloud cover and accordingly turned round to drop their bombs in the North Sea as instructed. At the de-briefing they were informed that as there had been no enemy action, no flak or enemy aircraft and no bombs on target it couldn't be counted as a combat mission. Six hours of fear for nothing!


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Units served with


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32335390
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Instrument Specialist, Mechanic, Aerial Gunner


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Southern Comfort III
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron


Date15 Jan 2020 14:04:02

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from correspondence files and articles related to the service of Norman Chown.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:20:37