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Personnel

Lt

WILLIAM L. BOWEN

Hometown During Time of Service: Huntington, WV
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 351st Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Copilot
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: CPT
Comments: HUNTINGTON, WW

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
All American Girl and Seymour Eichen CrewPrintThe Mountain Echo June 9 194412:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

CAPT JOSEPH L. ZELLER P FEH (CO OF 418TH)
2ND LT WILLIAM L. BOWEN CP FEH
2ND LT GEORGE E. BONITZ NAV EVA 20 JUL 44 MERSEBURG (WITH THE F.C. KINCANNON CREW)
F/O D.L. WHITE BOM CPT 12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG
S/SGT DANIEL A. LYNCH TTE CPT 12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG TAPS: 14 JAN 1964
S/SGT HARRY J. HENDRICKS ROG CPT 08 SEP 44 MAINZ
SGT MAX FRIEDMAN BTG NOC TAPS: 7 MAY 1983
SGT CHARLES L. GRIMES WG NOC
SGT WILLIAM V. LOMBARDI WG NOC
SGT WILLARD R. FREDERICK TG NOC TAPS: 28 AUG 1989

351ST SQDN... CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 09 MAR 1944.
ZELLER BECAME COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 418TH AFTER MAGEE FULLER WAS LOST ON 20 JUL 44 (MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY)
ACCORDING TO RECORDS IN OPS, 2ND LT WILLIAM L. BOWEN FLEW WITH LT S.D. EICHEN CREW ALSO AS CP

Lt Bowen flew with Capt Zeller Crew in Skipper II 42-31708 on the following missions

March 16, 1944 Augsburg
March 18, 1944 Lechfeld
March 19, 1944 Marquise, Mimmoyeques
March 22, 1944 Berlin (returned with serious battle damage)
March 23, 1944 Brunswick (flying 31389 which was later named " Lucious Lucy")
March 27, 1944 Bordeaux
March 28, 1944 Chateaudun

It appears that Capt Zeller's Crew became a Lead Crew in April 1944 and Lt Bowen was transferred to the crew of Lt Seymour Eichen

CREW

LT SEYMOUR D. EICHEN P CPT JULY 1944
LT ANDREW J. BURKHART CP POW 25 JUL 44 ST LO GND SUPPORT (with Lt Townsends crew)
LT JOSEPH J. DEVINE NAV CPT JULY 1944
F/O LUDVIC J. SVETLIK BOM CPT JULY 1944
T/SGT RICHARD J. O'NEIL ROG CPT 13 JUL 44 MUNICH, JET ENGINES
T/SGT ROBERT H. TUCKER TTE CPT JULY 1944
S/SGT FORREST J. BRANAGAN BTG CPT 13 JUL 44 MUNICH, JET ENGINES
S/SGT HAROLD W. RUPPERT WG NOC (replaced by S/Sgt Wiliam "Cut and Shoot" Hoffman)
S/SGT JAMES H. SAUER WG CPT JULY 1944
S/SGT CHARLES E. RATHBUN TG CPT JLUY 1944

351ST SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH IN MARCH 1944. IT IS KNOWN THAT EICHEN FLEW 35 SORTIES IN "ALL AMERICAN GIRL."
S/Sgt William "Cut and Shoot" Hoffman flew Right Waist Gunner on this crew
According to Glenn Rake, 2nd Lt Burkhart (from Lt Eichen Crew) filled in as CP on his crew some missions.
ACCORDING TO RECORDS IN OPS, 2ND LT WILLIAM L. BOWEN FLEW WITH LT S.D. EICHEN CREW AS CP. LT BOWEN IS FROM CAPT JOSEPH "FUZZY" ZELLER CREW.

"S/Sgt William Hoffman started his Career in a B-26 Marauder Group but ended up at 3rd Air Division Headquarters upon arrival in England. He was assigned as the Driver for General Nathan Forrest. Bill said this man was a "soldiers General" because he got along real well with both officers and enlisted men. Bill said it was a sad day when the General did not return. He was leading a mission to Keil, flying with the 95th Bomb Group who were stationed at Framlingham at the time. Gen Forrest's plane was hit by enemy fighters and one engine was knocked out forcing the plane to lose airspeed but his plane seemed to catch up when enemy fighters attacked again. General Forrest was the 1st General lost in the Air War. He was one of Gen Eakers original 7 to come over and start the 8th Air Force. S/Sgt Hoffman was so mad at the loss of his General that he volenteered for Gunnery school in England (up near the Walsh). Upon completion of training, Bill was assigned to the 100th Bomb Group as a spare gunner. His first mission was as tail gunner on a plane piloted by Jack Swartout. Bill's recollection of that first mission "How did a good ole Texas boy end up in a place like this"! He could have stayed at 3rd AD HQ but chose to fight like his General. S/Sgt William Hoffman said that he believes something happened to the TTE Tucker and one of the WG took his place. Bill then became the new Waist Gunner on the Crew until they completed their mission. Bill still had to fly 3 additional missions with other crews to complete his tour of duty".
(as related to mpf in conversation with William Hoffman, Nov. 2000)


Missions flown by Lt Bowen with Lt Eichen Crew.

April 10, 1944 Rheims 42-39983 "Katie"
April 11, 1944 Posen 42-31412 "Mason and Dixon"
April 12, 1944 Schkeuditz 42-37936 "The All American Girl"
April 13, 1944 Augsburg 42-37936 "The All Amercian Girl"
May 7, 1944 Berlin 42-37936 "The All American Girl"
May 12, 1944 Brux 42-31767 "Our Gal Sal"
May 13, 1944 Osnabruck 42-37936 "The All American Girl"
May 19, 1944 Berlin 42-37936 "The All American Girl"
May 20, 1944 Brussels 42-37936 "The All Amercan Girl"
June 4, 1944 Boulogne 42-107095 no name
June 6, 1944 Falaise 42-30152 "Messie Bessie" D-Day
June 7, 1944 Nantes 42-102977 No Name (eventually called Traps for Capt Joseph Trapnell in July 44)
June 19, 1944 Corme 42-102977 No Name
June 26, 1944 Drohobycz 42-102977 No Name (Start of First Russian Shuttle Mission)
July 3, 1944 Arad 42-102977 No Name (Fly from Russia to Italy and bomb target in Rumania)
July 5, 1944 Beziers 42-102977 No Name (Fly from Italy back to England)

Photos

Joseph Zeller Crew

Capt Joseph Zeller crew. taken Jan.10, 1944. Fonville studio Ardmore Okla. Front Row L-R Cap JOSEPH L. ZELLER -P (CO OF 418TH), 2nd LT WILLIAM L. BOWEN -CP, 2nd LT GEORGE E. BONITZ -NAV, F/O D.L. WHITE- BOM . Photo courtesy of Dennis L. White, Son of D.L. White.

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
MAJ ZELLER, Joseph L. P FEH
Lt BOWEN, WILLIAM L. CP CPT
LT BONITZ, George E. NAV EVA
F/O WHITE, D.L. BOM CPT
S/SGT LYNCH, Daniel A. TTE CPT
T/SGT HENDRICKS, Harry J. ROG CPT
SGT FRIEDMAN, MAX BTG NOC
SGT GRIMES, Charles L. WG NOC
SGT LOMBARDI, William V. WG NOC
S/SGT FREDERICK, WILLARD R. TG NOC