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Thomas Perry Owens Jr


Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission. crashed near Neuville-St Vaast in P-47 42-75839 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3460

Awards: PH.



  • James Blackwood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 23-May-44 in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 Awards: AM, PH.

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. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Born Wilson County, NC 7 October 1919

Son of Thomas Perry Owens Sr.

Based Boxted 1943 – 1 April 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in Action (KIA) Neuville-St Vaas, France 1 April 1944
Buried Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson, Wilson County, NC 1948

Maplewood Cemetery
Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina


Date Contributor Update
13 June 2020 12:15:43 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

DB Correction

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2018 10:03:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 3460;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:07 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 3460 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database