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George G Owen


He flew to England in 1942 on the B-17 'Eager Beaver' no. 41-24487. He was Communications Chief, which oversaw the work of all of the radio, teletype and other personnel working on communications equipment, etc.
He afterwards taught at Haskell Indian University Lawrence KS where he was honoured as 'Teacher of the Year'.


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. ...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24487 'Eager Beaver'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-Q] Westover 25/8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; AFSC 1/5/44; was longest serving B-17F in 8th BC; Returned to the USA Tinker 28/7/44; to Williamsport Technical Institute, Patterson Fd, Penn.; 20/6/45 for aeronautical programme, the...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born Mill Grove, Missouri 22 February 1916
Died 7 December 1996
Buried Mountain Home, Arkansas


Date Contributor Update
06 January 2021 14:17:25 Helen Changes to biography

306th Echoes April '97

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2015 18:35:47 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:56 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition/daughter, First Over Germany pg. 23 & 72, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia