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

World War II 1

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
Engineers, civil 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
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. 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,

This is some of what William would have seen and experienced as he was in this famous Knapp Flight Over!

(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)

William Bowman


    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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