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John W Towle


Shot down by flak and crashed SW of St Pol, FR on a mission to V-sites in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31186. Evaded. Hidden by family in Hericourt, France. Returned to England before 9 Sep 1944.


Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31186

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/9/43; Harvard 13/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 21/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/2/44 with Chas Harris, Co-pilot: Roy Dutton, Navigator: Alf Kleinrath, Bombardier: Oliver Griffith, Radio Operator: Manas...


Event Location Date
Born Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Evaded English Channel 28 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2889 / MACR 2889, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database