SGT Dewey Obediah Bowyer,Jr
Record NO: (77)
Date of birth
Oct 26, 1920
Place of birth / home town
Spouse: Ruth H Engling Pulcini, Son: Douglas Allen Bowyer
Unit / Ship / duty Station
392nd Bomber Group, Heavy, 577th Bomber Squadron
Date of Casuality
Sep 08 1944
Cause of Death or Status
Place of Incident
Place of Burial or Memorial
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial Plot B Row 17 Grave 60
★ Purple Heart ★ Army Good Conduct Medal ★ American Campaign Medal ★ European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal ★ World War II Victory Medal, ★ Army Presidential Unit Citation
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|Killed on a bombing run: Target: Karlsruhe Germany : Cause: AA fire Crew of 9 6KIA 2POW 1EVD
The same target as the one the day before was once again assigned to the 14th Combat Wing. Briefings were held at 0330 and 0500 for (36) aircrews. Group aircraft took off in heavy rain squalls and once again the heavy stationary front over Europe forced the Group to penetrate and reassemble on the eastern side of the weather. Bombing results were estimated good for the PFF drop but later photos showed no hits on the MPI. One aircraft and crew were lost from the 577th in ship #607. Lieutenant D. P. Woods' crew was last seen 1229 hours, position 4840N-0540E with #2 engine out and going into a spin just when the formation hit the weather front. Nothing more was known about the loss of this aircrew.
MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: 1/Lt J.N. Baron, 577th Sqdn pilot, reported seeing the ship "with No. 2 engine out going into a spin at 1229, near 4840N - 0540E. May have been able to pull out of it when he feathered, wing dropped. Disappeared in cloud. Just when formation hit front." The MACR file does not contain any German reports on the downing of the plane.
INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: One surviving crew member, radio operator Sgt. Yeates, gave a brief account about the events his liberation from POW status, It was the crew's fifth combat mission, and their aircraft had taken considerable damage from AA fire in the target area. His report continued: "... I saw the pilot and Co-Pilot struggling with the controls. The ship was in a spin. Dewey Bowyer (was) in the top turret. No one seemed hurt. I was either hit with something or blacked out. I woke up about ten days later in (ST. XIIF?) hospital, Saarburg, France. Navigator Batko bailed out and was taken prisoner. I knew nothing about the fate of the other members until I got back to the States. The aircraft crashed near Nancy, France".
Engineer Pvt. Anthony P. Palumbo successfully evaded capture with the help of Free Frenchmen. Upon his return to the 392nd BG on 9 Dec 1944, he said the plane went into the cloud in a dive, dropped about 13,000 feet, then pulled up for 30 seconds. This is when Palumbo bailed out. It is thought that Yeates also bailed out at this point. Then the plane dived, crashed, exploded and burned. Palumbo parachuted and landed behind German lines with a broken ankle. He was helped behind enemy lines until American troops overran, when he was sent to a hospital in France.
BURIAL RECORDS: U.S. National Overseas Cemetery records show that Sgt. Schmidt and Sgt. Bowyer are interred in the LORRAINE CEMETERY at St. Avoid, France, east of Metz. Sgt. Schmidt is in grave G-15-21 and Sgt Bowyer is in grave B-17-60. No other record exists in this MACR on the recovery/re-burials of any other deceased crew member.
The #42-52607 crew
2nd/Lt. Don P. Woods Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Roger V. Newell Co Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Edward L. Batko Navigator POW
Pvt. Anthony P. Palumbo Engineer EVD
T/Sgt. Clyde K. Yeates Radio Op. POW
S/Sgt. Robert E. Farrar Gunner KIA
Sgt. Dewey O. Bowyer Jr. Gunner KIA
Sgt. Glenn L. Krugh Gunner KIA
Sgt. Arthur N. Schmidt Gunner KIA MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #08604