Owens, Hugh Warren, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1942
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

Casualty Date
Sep 14, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
at sea

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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
26th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 26th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1940-1941, B-18 Bolo
  1941-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Capt Owens was assignedt o the 26th Bomber Squadron (H), 11th Bomber Group (H). The 11th, known as "The Gray Geese", first flew the B-18, and then in April 1941 were given the B-17.

The unit flew initial operations, patrolling over the Pacific. even sinking a Japanese submarine in January 1942. They flew against Wake Island and then to Midway. His unit was one of the first to be transferred into the PTO, serving with both the 7th/13th Air Forces.

His unit, the 11th Bombardment Group was involved with the Battle of Midway in June 1942. They moved to the New Hebrides in July 1942. "They bombed airfields, supply dumps, ships, docks, troop positions, and other objectives in the South Pacific from July to November 1942, and received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for those operations." The unit was also awarded the Navy Presidential Unit Citation for the assistance given to the Navy. Most of the aircraft were lost in combat by 1943.

His unit was operating out of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal at the time of his loss. He had previously been based out of Efate Airfield, Efate, New Hebrides, 25 July 1942. Forward echelon operated from: Turtle Bay Airfield, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, Aug 1942.

From Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16351: (note written in March 1948)

This B-17E (tail number 41-2527) was lost at night on its return from a bombing mission north from the New Hebrides, Solomon Islands Area, in search of Japanese ships. It was not able to find the radio beam on its return, and was forced to land in the sea, sinking thereafter. No remains of crew or the wreckage were ever found.

Crew lost:
Captain Hugh W. Owens (P) Eutaw, Alabama
1st Lt. George W. Chandler (Co P) Spokane, Washington
2nd Lt. Emory L. Hall (N) Erie, Pennsylvania
MSgt. Thomas L. Daly (B) Honolulu, Hawaii
SSgt. Wilbur R. "Roland" Long (CE) Emmitsburg, Maryland
Sgt. Edgar L. Stone (G) Lexington, Missouri
Sgt. Nicholas B. Novogrodsky (Asst. CE) Woodridge, New York
Sgt. Harry Bolles, Jr. (RO) San Francisco, California
Cpl. John G. Jones (Asst. RO) Canton, Ohio

Captain Owens has a memorial in Pleasant Ridge Church Cemetery, Greene County,  Alabama,  Cenotaph and is on the Courts of the Missing, Court 7, at the Honolulu Memorial.

Note: A full history of the combat actions of the 11th Bombardment Group (H) in the PTO can be found in

11th Bomb Group (H): The Grey Geese, Turner Publishing. Kentucky, 1996.


Gene Eric Salecker, Fortresses Against the Sun: The B-17 Flying Fortress in the Pacific, Da Capo Press, 2001.


http://www.emmitsburg.net/archive_list/articles/people/people/wilber_long.htm (details of the incident, etc.)

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