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Maurus C Owens


Crashed at Orival in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Killed in Action (KIA).



  • Richmond Wollstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Orival in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Killed in Action (KIA). According to witnesses, the plane was hit by flak and started burning, some of the men bailed out, 3 evaded and 4 became Prisoner of War (POW)'s. One of the crew said the plane...

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Saint Ignatius, MT 59865, USA 1 November 1921
Lived in Missoula, MT, USA 1942

419 West Broadway

Died Orival, France 13 August 1944

KIA when his a/c was shot down by flak near the target.


Plot D Row 35 Grave 11
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium


Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 19:33:09 decwriter Changes to service number and awards

NARA files verified ASN upon entry, DFC, AM w/3 oak leaf clusters and PH (KIA).

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 19:04:21 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2017 04:32:19 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank and events

466th BG Roll of Honor
"Officers of Attlebridge" booklet - 466th BG publication 1945

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 15:30:45 JMO44 Changes to media associations

Joseph Maurus Owens, son of 1st Lt Maurus Owens, Navigator.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 21:27:01 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7912 / MACR Warsaw WI / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database