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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
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Army 1
Birth:
20 May 1916 2
1916 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3
Pennsylvania 1
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Person:
William W Bowman 1
Level of Education: 2 years of college 1
Marital Status: Married 1
Birth:
20 May 1916 2
1916 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3
Pennsylvania 1
Residence:
Place: Delaware County, Pennsylvania 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
02 Jan 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Serial Number:
13045906 1
Enlistment Place:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Engineers, civil 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0118 1
Film Reel Number: 1.118 1

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Lt Wm. W Bowman, Pilot - 321st BG, 448th BS

North Africa

321st Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Squadron, B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber, Combat Pilot Lt. William W Bowman was the C.P. in the B-25 #41-31001 with the C.O. Capt. Clayton H Heinlen as Pilot on the [now famous] Gen. Bob Knapp's BOBCATS Group flight across the Atlantic (in a single mass without loss) the Southern Route in Feb. 1943.  http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=68275 William's 57th Bomb Wing Gallery-Album  :)

A/C No. 41-30001 P -Heinlen, Clayton H., Capt, 448th BS Commander CP -Bowman, William W., 2Lt N - Ligarde, Honore (NMI), 2Lt B - N/A E - Brisco, Albert S., M/Sgt R - Egbom, Clarence W., S/Sgt G - Dellwo, Lawrence H., S/Sgt F - Pinger, Robert R., Capt, HQ 321st BG (PAX)

Monday, 15 March 1943 (1st Combat Mission) TUNISIA, Northwest Africa

448th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 1/mission 1) Group Mission # 1: Mission one (1): At 13:40 twelve planes off to bomb L/G at Mezzouna. Dropped 762 x 20 frags. at 15:07 from 3,500 feet. Target covered by bursts. Hits observed on or near 10 two engine planes believe to be JU-88’s One cluster seen to fall on flak emplacement. 36 P-40’s were escorts, slight heavy accurate flak, 3 planes hit with slight damage. Weather 3/10 cover.

A/C No. 41-13001 P - Heinlen, Clayton H., Capt, Commander

CP - Bowman, William W., 2Lt

N - Ligarde, Honore (NMI), 2Lt B - Brown, Robert H. “Brownie”, 1Lt E - None listed – likely Ridgeway, Robert L., S/Sgt R - Egbom, Clarence H., S/Sgt G - Dellwo, Lawrence H., S/Sgt

2nd Mission; Saturday, 20 March 1943

3rd Mission; Sunday, 21 March 1943

4th Mission; Thursday, 25 March 1943

5th Mission; Sunday, 28 March 1943

6th Mission; Tuesday, 30 March 1943

7th Mission; Tuesday, 30 March 1943 (2 in same day)

321st Bomb Group Headlines, http://57thbombwing.com/321stHistory/321st_Headlines.pdf

This is some of what William would have seen and experienced as he was in this famous Knapp Flight Over! http://57thbombwing.com/321stHistory/MS_724_2.pdf

(EXTREMELY LARGE file, it will take some time to load :)

Barbi Ennis Connolly 321st Bomb Group Historian;  321st BG Historical Research Team; John T Fitzgerald (446), Patti Johnson (446) and Barbi Ennis Connolly (447thBS)  PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

William Bowman

Penna.

    Lt William W Bowman was born in Delaware County, Penna. in 1916.   William had completed 2 years of college and was married at his enlistment of 2 Jan. 1942 and was accepted directly into the Army Air Corp.  William was working as a Civil Engineer.

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