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Jack S Bowen

Military

On February 21st, 1944 Jack was assigned to the B-17 "Lightning Strikes" #423073 as the right waist gunner. The target of their mission was an industrial plant near the town of gutersloh. At 14:30 in the afternoon local time, and at an altitude of 16,000ft, the squadron came under fire from ground based flak cannons and FW-190 fighters. "Lightning Strikes" was in the number 2 position of the squadron. "Lightning Strikes" which was over the town of Munster, was shot down by Hans Weik, an ace fighter pilot. "Lightning Strikes" plunged to the earth at a steep rate into the Holzminden area. All of the crew with the exception of the pilot, Irwin, Piacantini (2nd Lt. 0-801199), bailed out of the aircraft and landed safely. Irwin was killed by cannon fire in the pilots seat.

When Jack Bowen was asked about the moments after being shot down, he recalled the humanity of Hans Weik. Jack said after he deployed his parachute, Hans turned towards him as if to begin a strafing run. Instead, Hans tipped his wings in salute and flew away.

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29679 Ramblin Wreck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/43; Salina 17/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Morrison 28/3/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-F] 29/3/43; 4m transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-A1 then M] Bassingbourn 13/6/43; +24m AFSC 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Lockbourn 4/8/45;...

  • 42-3073 Lightning Strikes

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Bangor 13/4/43; delivered UK, transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 22/4/43; Missing in Action 23m Leipzig 21/2/44 with Bill Gibbons, Co-pilot: Clyde McCallum, Navigator: Don Shea, Bombardier: Wilf...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texarkana, TX, USA 19 July 1923

Texarkana
Bowie County
Texas, USA

Died Carthage, TX 75633, USA 11 June 2008

Carthage
Panola County
Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2016 00:37:52 BowenGrandson Changes to biography
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I am the grandson of Jack S Bowen.

Also:
Personal records from jack bowen which include the mission report as recorded by the Army Air Corps. The records are composed of interviews from Donald E Shea (Capt.) 0-739517, Jack Bowen (MstSgt) 18041290, Conlon, Wilfred Peter (1st Lt) 0-676555, John Robert Parsons (T/Sgt) 3537------,

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2016 00:23:07 BowenGrandson Changes to biography
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I am the Grandson of Jack S Bowen.

Also: http://www.luftwaffe.cz/weik.html

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 05:38:03 BowenGrandson Changes to biography and events
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I am the grandson of Jack S Bowen

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 05:31:44 BowenGrandson Changes to events
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I am the grandson of Jack S Bowen

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=27528333

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 05:28:07 BowenGrandson Changes to events and aircraft associations
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I am the grandson of Jack S Bowen

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 05:21:43 BowenGrandson Changes to highest rank, role and awards
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Grandson of Jack S Bowen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2463 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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