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Frank Kirby Cowan


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.


Units served with


  • 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


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


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

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

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

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