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Jarrette De Leslie Bowen Sr

Military

Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bomber mission to Verdun, France. Hit by flak, strafing a train and factories, shut down one flaming engine, 2nd engine then caught fire, baled out very low, chute partly deployed. A/C P-38J 42-68063 crashed near Verdun 27-Jun-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 6256.

Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME, OCC, UN and Korean medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korea, rising to the rank of Major.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 384th Fighter Squadron
  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Harris County, TX, USA 12 June 1916
Lived in Texas, USA 1941
Enlisted Houston, TX, USA 9 February 1943
Based Honington 1944 – 27 July 1944

Assigned to 384FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 14 May 1944

aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a cine-gun and instrument flying training sortie. On return to base the pilot, 2Lt Bowen approached starboard wing low, causing the right undercarriage mainleg to strike the runway with some force, breaking it. After going around for another approach 2Lt Bowen was unable to raise or lower the undercarriage even by using the emergency sytems. At this point the starboard engine's oil pressure dropped and 2Lt Bowen made a landing with the undercarriage up. 2Lt Bowen was unhurt and the aircraft sustained repairable Cat 3 damage.

Shot down 55100 Verdun, France 27 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bomber mission to Verdun, France. Hit by flak, strafing a train and factories, shut down one flaming engine, 2nd engine then caught fire, baled out very low, chute partly deployed. A/C P-38J 42-68063 crashed near Verdun 27-Jun-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 6256.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 27 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Crashed Korea 28 October 1950

Landing Accident K-2 AB, Korea Cat 4 damage Lt Jarrette D L Bowen, 28-Oct-50.

RF-80C 49-0447 - 8TRS 543TSG K-2 AB, KOR 5

Died Tempe, AZ, USA December 1989

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2017 18:12:14 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bowen%2C+Jarrette...
http://www.bcar.org.uk/1944-incident-logs
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=42604
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bowen&Submit=Search
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txclapor/GovtMilitary/TXWWIIPOWMIA_BOA...
http://www.koreanwar-educator.org/topics/p_flying_cross.htm#B
https://www.fold3.com/image/29402424
https://www.fold3.com/page/84821910_jarrette_d%20l%20bowen/details/

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2017 18:07:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bowen%2C+Jarrette...
http://www.bcar.org.uk/1944-incident-logs
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=42604
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bowen&Submit=Search
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txclapor/GovtMilitary/TXWWIIPOWMIA_BOA...
http://www.koreanwar-educator.org/topics/p_flying_cross.htm#B
https://www.fold3.com/image/29402424
https://www.fold3.com/page/84821910_jarrette_d%20l%20bowen/details/

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 10:56:55 Lucyd Changes to biography
Sources

http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=64792

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 12:41:29 jayman749 Changes to nickname, highest rank and awards
Sources

Personal notes from memoirs and from son, Jarrette D Bowen Jr

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6256

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