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Frank Kirby Cowan

Military

Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris on 6/22/44 in B-17 #42102552 Prisoner of War (POW). Survived 4 different prison camps, including Buchenwald.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-102552 Horn's Hornets

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 31/3/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-J] Snetterton 22/4/44; Missing in Action Nucourt, Fr 22/6/44 with Jay Horn, Co-pilot: John Murray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Morris, Ball turret...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Buchenwald

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Harrison, Arkansas, USA 9 November 1922
Died Harrison, Arkansas 23 December 2009

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2020 14:26:40 Blackbird2 Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45742032/frank-kirby-cowan

https://jonathanturley.org/2013/04/21/kirby-cowan-the-airmen-of-buchenwa...

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 10:33:14 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography and place associations
Sources

http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=55623

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5917 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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