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Ralph Irving Bowman Jr

Military

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Flight leader 55FS. 296 x combat hrs. Transferred to 4th Combat Bomb Wing on completion of tour. Credited with 2 x destroyed, 1 x damaged.

Awards: DFC, AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, American Campaign and Defense Medal, EAME (6 x Battle Stars), OCC, National Defense, AF Longevity Service Award.

Killed in crash of C-45 Beach, 44-87129 5-Apr-51. Killed in Flying Action (KIFA)

Service

Units served with

  • 4th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 55th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14430

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born North Carolina, USA 26 September 1921

Son of Ralph Irving Sr and Sarah Frances [Burgess] Bowman.

Based Kings Cliffe 17 July 1944 – 13 January 1945

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 21 October 1944

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 19 December 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred 14 January 1945

Transferred to 4th Combat Bomb Wing.

Promotion Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 14 January 1945

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK April 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Las Cruces, NM, USA 5 April 1951

Fatal Crash Ground Collision 15 Miles E Las Cruces, NM C-45F 44-87129 4914FOS 910ABG Kirtland AFB, NM

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2021 15:39:15 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32074485/C

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2019 16:26:47 fugari Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected spelling

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2019 16:25:59 fugari Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 11:06:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- King's Cliffe Memorial Edition

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2017 09:54:18 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bowman&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/48254214/?terms=44-14430

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2017 09:27:26 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bowman&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bowman%2C+Ralph&S...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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