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S/SGT  George H. BOWLES

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG

Sgt George Bowles TG Meiklejohn Crew

Pvt. George H. Bowles, Class 44-19, Flexible Gunnery School, Kingman Army Air Field, Ariz. (1944 yearbook, pg. 120) - later Tail Gunner on the Meiklejohn Crew, 350th BS, 100th BG (H). Photo courtesy of Chip Culpepper.

S/SGT George Bowles (photo courtesy of Janae Thomas)

SERIAL #: 39924464 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 28 FEB 45 KASSEL

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT ALVIN J. MEIKLEJOHN            P CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# O-807488
2ND LT WALTER H. HAMILTON         CP CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# O-770530
2ND LT MLADDEN D. ZECK             NAV CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# O-2060869
    F/O ROBERT K. WALSH             BOM CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# T-3864
    CPL JORGE CABRERA                 ROG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 19129533
    CPL MERVIN E. LONG                 TTE CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 38465995
    CPL RANDOLPH T. ARNOLD         BTG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 312626684
    CPL FLOYD E. KELLS                   WG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 15097970
    CPL HOWARD J. THAYNE            WG NOC     sn# 39923700
    CPL GEORGE H. BOWLES              TG CPT 28 FEB 45 KASSEL sn# 39924464

350th sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 23 Sep 1944.  Plane flown was "Mile High Minnie" or "Mile High City" per article below.    Crew flew overseas in A/C 43-38501 from Grenier Field on September 7, 1944. Dropped off plane in Wales. Were sent to 100th BG to make up for the losses on Sept 11, 1944 mission to Ruhland. The first plane flown by the crew was 231991 Miss Chief" 

Recollections of Lt Zeck:
I flew as Nav with another crew on Hamburg Mission on Dec 31, 1944.  I saw the piggyback incident and watched as the two planes flew towards the same position and pancaked.  They pulled away from the formation and headed back to towards land.  Our TTE would always say "sure wish I had me some buttermilk and chili" and you know what, when I got back to the States I went and had some buttermilk and chili just to see what it tasted like! 
When the Crew had to be reduced to 9 men, we drew staws and Sgt Thayne lost. He was sent to the 15th Air Force and I believe he was shot down. 
Went back home on Queen Mary  and got the news that Roosevelt had died while they were on the ship.  
Copilot on a mission asked Dan Zeck if he had a spare pair of short because he had just Shit his pants!

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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BURIAL INFORMATION

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PHOTOS:

 George H. Bowles of the Alvin J. Meiklejohn crew Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Alvin J. Meiklejohn 

S/SGT George Bowles (photo courtesy of Janae Thomas)

 Alvin J. Meiklejohn crew: Front row L to R; Alvin J. Meiklejohn, Walter H. Hamilton, Mladden D. Zeck, Robert K. Walsh, Standing; Randolph T. Arnold, Jorge Cabrera, George H. Bowles, Floyd E. Kells, and Marvin E. Long  

 

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