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Harold W Bowman


Commanding Officer of 401st BG from June 1943 to 5 December 1944.

On 26 Nov 1943, he led the mission and although the visibility was not too good, we saw a thick band of fire spreading over the center of the city [B

Retired as Brigadier General

DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM/ DUC/Silver Star/


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. ...

  • US Strategic Air Forces

    US Strategic Air Forces

    Eighth Air Force Headquarters became USSTAF in February 1944 and oversaw all Strategic Air Force activities in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theatre of Operations, particularly the operations of the Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces.

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...


  • 42-32012 'Shark Tooth'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-P] Deenethorpe 5/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...


Event Location Date
Born Waverly, Nebraska 12 February 1903
Died Florida, USA 23 October 1994
Buried Riverside Memorial Park, 19351 SE County Line Rd, Tequesta, FL 33469, USA November 1994

Riverside Memorial Park
Martin County, FL


Date Contributor Update
11 September 2018 10:24:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations

WWII European Theatre Army Records, Roster of Key Officers, January 1945 via Fold 3

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2018 20:14:34 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, awards, events and unit associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2014 08:10:29 Emily Changes to highest rank and biography

Data Update, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 15 September 2014

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 03:57:05 donaldbyers Changes to biography

Corrected spelling , Donald Byers

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Whos Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45 Author of Birds of a Feather in our Library/daughter,