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John William Lowther


Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Evaded. Evading capture, he managed to escape to Switzerland with the help of the French Maquis after 6 months.

Awards: AM (OLC), PH (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • William Hartigan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hartigan crew. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Evaded (EVD). MACR 1033 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29571 Charley Horse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Mobile 23/1/43; Salina 31/1/43; Homestead 4/2/43; Morrison 8/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-L] Molesworth 6/4/43; 32m Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with Bill Hartigan, Navigator: Lorin Douthett, Radio...


  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born 19 June 1921
Enlisted 28 August 1942

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Based Molesworth 1943 – 20 October 1943

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded France 20 October 1943 – April 1944

Evading capture, he managed to escape to Switzerland with the help of the French Maquis.

Died 6 October 1961
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 13 October 1961

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Section 43, Site 3435


Date Contributor Update
09 June 2021 20:21:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 21:37:27 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #116 for 20 Oct 1943.

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2020 03:16:25 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1033 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database