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John Dickey Bowser

Military

John Bowser was a Navigator in the 388th Bomb Group. He is mentioned in War correspondent Ernie Pyle's book "Brave Men", together with his Pilot Lt William T. White. On return from a mission to Berlin on 19 May 1944, their B-17 Fortress #42-107160 ditched in the North Sea, 25 miles off Great Yarmouth and all ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper A British Air-Sea Rescue Craft brought the crew members back to land.

Service

People

  • Richard Anzalone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Richard Anzalone was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on board B-17 Fortress #42-107160 when it ditched in the North Sea on return from the Berlin Mission of 19 May 1944. All ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper. A British...

  • Ross Fritzley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Ross Fritzley was Waist Gunner on board B-17 Fortress #42-107160 when it ditched in the North Sea on return from the Berlin Mission of 19 May 1944. All ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper. A British Air-Sea Rescue...

  • Earl Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Earl Harris was Waist Gunner on board B-17 Fortress #42-107160 when it ditched in the North Sea on return from the Berlin Mission of 19 May 1944. All ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper. A British Air-Sea Rescue...

  • Paul Hauschild

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Paul Hauschild was Ball Turret gunner on board B-17 Fortress #42-107160 when it ditched in the North Sea on return from the Berlin Mission of 19 May 1944. All ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper. A British Air-Sea...

  • Kenneth Haws

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Kenneth Haws was Tail Gunner on board B-17 Fortress #42-107160 when it ditched in the North Sea on return from the Berlin Mission of 19 May 1944. All ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper. A British Air-Sea Rescue...

  • Charles Ludwig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Charles Ludwig was Co-Pilot on board B-17 Fortress #42-107160 when it ditched in the North Sea on return from the Berlin Mission of 19 May 1944. All ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper. A British Air-Sea Rescue...

  • John Pakiz

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    John Pakiz was Bombardier on board B-17 Fortress #42-107160 when it ditched in the North Sea on return from the Berlin Mission of 19 May 1944. All ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper. A British Air-Sea Rescue...

  • Arnold Perry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Arnold Perry was Radio Operator on board B-17 Fortress #42-107160 when it ditched in the North Sea on return from the Berlin Mission of 19 May 1944. All ten men on board were immediately rescued by a nearby Allied minesweeper. A British Air-Sea Rescue...

  • William White

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    William White was a Pilot in the 388th Bomb Group. He is mentioned in War correspondent Ernie Pyle's book "Brave Men", together with his Navigator John Bowser. On return from a mission to Berlin on 19 May 1944, their B-17 Fortress #42-107160 ditched in...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107160 Little Joe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 9/3/44. Kearney 22/3/44. Grenier 6/4/44. Assigned 562BS/388BG [S] Knettishall 20/4/44. Missing in Action Berlin 19 May 1944 with William T. White, Co-pilot: Charles A. Ludwig, Navigator: John D. Bowser, Bombardier: John Pakiz, Flight...

Missions

  • 358

    19 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 9 September 1922

Seward, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Lived in 1942

Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

Enlisted 23 April 1942

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Buried 2011

John Bowser rests at the Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, Texas

Died 15 February 2011

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2020 14:46:22 ED-BB Changes to biography, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.8thafhs.com/get_one_mission.php?mission_id=963
Freeman's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story"

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2020 14:19:42 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
2003 postings by daughter Becky Hicks about her father having been mentioned in War correspondent Ernie Pyle's book "Brave Men", together with his Pilot Lt William T. White.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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