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James F Fowler


Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G 42-39786 'G. I. Sheets'. Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-39786 G. I. Sheets

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/8/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-R] Molesworth 18/10/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Jim Fowler, Bombardier: Alvin Taylor Wounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Curtis Finley, Radio Operator: Don...


  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Marion, South Carolina, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 29 January 1944 – 21 July 1945

Originally evaded capture and housed by Eugénie Lambert, member of the Belgian resistance and the "Comet line". He was eventually captured on 13 May 1944.


Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 17:38:50 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations

Added a connection to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Updated POW event location per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 17:30:43 jmoore43 Changes to service number

Added a "-" to the S/N to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:21 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2260 / MACR 2260, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database