Bowns, Loren C., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Ceginola, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Gracelawn Cemetery - Flint, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Loren C. Bowns was born in Flint, Michigan on August 28, 1922. His mother (Viola) is listed in the US Census 1940 as head of the family, and is marked as "Divorced." His father's name is unknown at this time.

Bowns enlisted in Detroit, Michigan on October 13, 1942. His enlistment forms show he had completed 3 years of high school, and was working as a tool maker.

He received training as an aerial gunner, and then was assigned to a bomber unit in North Africa in 1943. He flew at least 35 missions.

On January 11, 1944, he was part of a crew assigned to bomb the harbor facilities at Piraeus, Greece. Weather conditions deteriorated during the flight. Just as the formation reached the target area, 10/10 skies were encountered, along with excessive winds aloft and icing conditions.

Two of the lead aircraft decided to abort. But during their reversal of course, they flew into the path of the second element. Two pairs of B-17s collided, crashing and killing most of all airmen on board. These dead must have been buried locally, because after the war, most of them were buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in a common grave.

Bowns, however, was returned to his family in 1948, and today lies in the Grace Lawn Cemetery in Flint, Michigan.
NARA Enlistment Records
Application for Headstone or Marker Record Cards (1948)


SSgt Loren C. Bowns was acting as tail gunner on B-17G #42-31396, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

No loading list is available, but a crew roster is listed in Missing Air Crew Report 1833. The crew on board consisted of:

1 Lt Joseph S. Dunbar  p
Cpt Homer G. Mills, Jr.  c-p
2 Lt Reed W. Dean  nav
1 Lt Charles R. Glenn  bomb
SSgt Don E. Brundage  eng/tt gun
TSgt Hilary F. Helsabeck  r/o
SSgt Adolph G. Bauman  btg
SSgt Ward V. Phillips  wg
SSgt Loren C. Bowns  tail gunner

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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