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S/SGT  Richard E. BOWLER

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG
SERIAL #: 33113057 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 00681 CR: 00681

Comments1: 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG (EAC - EXP)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
                                                MACR #68l #Mlcrofiche #225
2nd Lt Thomas D. Hummel           P   POW   17/8/43  Regensburg 
2nd Lt Michael C.Doroski              CP  POW   17/8/43  Regensburg  
2nd Lt Archie S.Depew              NAV POW   17/8/43  Regensburg 
2nd Lt Norman Brewster           BOM  POW   17/8/43  Regensburg 
S/Sgt John E.Devich                 TTE  Injured in accident on base
S/Sgt Richard E. Bowler            TTE KIA   17/8/43  Regensburg 
S/Sgt Nelson O.Gunnar             WG  POW    17/8/43   Regensburg 
S/Sgt Lorenzo D.Bishoff            BTG  Grounded Illiness
S/Sgt Francis T. Stafford          BTG POW   17/8/43  Regensburg
S/Sgt Donald J. Meeker            ROG  POW 17/8/43  Regensburg  
S/Sgt Kenneth T.O'Connor        WG  KIA   17/8/43  Regensburg 
S/Sgt Gordon A.Williams             TG  POW 17/8/43  Regensburg 

 350th Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group 14/7/43.  The first replacement Crew in the 350th BS.  A/C 42-30311 LN-T

On the Regensburg mission. this crew was flying as left wing to Roy Claytor who was leading the second element of the low squadrin. Truly "tail end Charlie" to not only the 100th Group but the entire Regensburg force. Attacked by e/a about 10 minutes before reaching Nurenburg,Hummel's plane was seen to"blow up" but some chutes were seen. On this final flight of 17/8/43 Devich & Bishoff were replaced by S/Sgt Richard E.Bowler & S/Sgt Francis T.J.Stafford.  Bowler was KIA  and Stafford became a POW. J.E.Devich had sustained a broken wrist and other injuries when one dark night he ran his bicycle into a ditch near the base. "THEY NEVER HAD IT SO G0OD" p.75 notes that ". . . . a last man,Bishoff, was later removed from the crew for hospitalization and his place taken by a spare gunner." See also TNHISG p.81 re Dick Bowler.

First mission for this crew was 26/7/43 Trondheim,;Norway.Then Rostock,Ger.28/7/43,Keil,Ger. 2/8/43, Warnemunde,Ger. 5/8/43 and Lille,France 15/8/43    See letter 6/4/87 from T.D.Hummel 

Eyewitness report:  "Saw Hummel blow up about 10 minutes before reaching
                     Nurenburg at Bad  Mergerheim."
                                                   Lt.J.K.Justice

"Hummel's A/C blew up 20 minutes before target. three chutes seen".
                                                   Lt.B.A.DeMarco

Sgt. Bowler was badly wounded by ME lO9 and probably died during descent in chute or upon landing. Sgt.O'Connor,it is  believed by crew members did not jump although able to do so. Lt. Doroski said that O'connor had remarked to him that he was "afraid to ever jump from the plane". This was the fifth mission for O'Connor and the second for Bowler,

Mission List of 2nd Lt Thomas D. Hummel Crew (from 2nd Lt Michael Doroski 2002)

 DATE  TARGET   A/C NUMBER & NAME   COMMENT

1. 24/7/43 TRONDHEIM,  NORWAY
 25/7/43 WARNEMUNDE, GERMANY 230047 SWEATER GIRL  ABORT-BOLT STUD MISSING
 26/7/43 HANOVER,    GERMANY 25878  BADGER BEAUTY  ABORT-ENGINEER GOT SICK,VOMITED IN OXYGEN               MASK
 28/7/43 OSCHERSLEBEN,GERMANY 25878  BADGER BEAUTY  ABORT-BLOWN SUPERCHARGER
2. 29/7/43 WARNEMUNDE, GERMANY 23233  OUR BABY
3. 30/7/43 KASSEL,     GERMANY 23233  OUR BABY
4. 12/8/43 WESSELING,  GERMANY 25878  BADGER BEAUTY
5 15/8/43 MERVILLE & LILLE, FR 230311
6. 17/8/43 REGENSBURG, GERMANY 230311

MEMO 2:

Badly wounded by ME 109, probably died of wounds on descent in his chute

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Regensburg DATE: 1943-08-17  
AIRCRAFT: (42-30311) CAUSE: EAC & Exp  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

On the Regensburg mission. This crew was flying as left wing to Roy Claytor who was leading the second element of the low squadron. Truly "tail end Charlie" to not only the 100th Group but the entire Regensburg force. Attacked by e/a about 10 minutes before reaching Nuremberg, Hummel's plane was seen to "blow up" but some chutes were seen. On this final flight of 17/8/43 Devich & Bishoff were replaced by S/Sgt Richard E.Bowler & S/Sgt Francis T.J.Stafford. Bowler was KIA and Stafford became a POW. J.E.Devich had sustained a broken wrist and other injuries when one dark night he ran his bicycle into a ditch near the base. "THEY NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD" p.75 notes that ". . . . a last man, Bishoff, was later removed from the crew for hospitalization and his place taken by a spare gunner." See also TNHISG p.81 re Dick Bowler.   (100th Photo Archives)

 

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