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John E Cowan

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Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: PH.

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  • Joseph Van Stratton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G #42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30/12/44, Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

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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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97479 'Belle of Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Cleveland 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-L] Podington 27/1/44; Damaged on the 6 March 1944 mission to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the outskirts of Berlin. Walsh crew....

Missions

  • 770

    30 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • East Kirkby

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Based Podington 1944 – 30 December 1944

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died East Kirkby, Spilsby PE23, UK 30 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 KIA.

Buried January 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton
Cambridgeshire

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2016 21:20:28 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-97479

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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