S:Sgt Francis 'Bud' Owens was a waist gunner on B-17F 42-29928 when it was shot down over the Norman countryside in 1943.
The aircraft was part of 533rd Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group(H), and was taking part in a raid on the Gnome-Rhone plant in le Mans on July 4th when it was attacked by Messerschmitt Bf-109s and finally crashed near the small village of la Coulonche.
Three of the crew of ten perished when the 'plane hit the ground, two of those who baled out were quickly captured. With local help, the remaining five attempted to make their way down to neutral Spain with a view to re-joining the fight against Nazism.
Four of them made it to Spain but 'Bud' Owens, a man who on many occasions had put others before himself, was to die of exposure in the Pyrenees, aged just 21. He now rests in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium.
Please follow our project to honour and remember 'Bud' Owens and support it if you can. Thank you.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Original 1943 silk escape map

We would like to sincerely thank Mr. Paul Clifford for a wonderful donation to our cause! This original 1943 AAF silk escape map is in excellent condition and will be put up for auction in order to fund some additional support for our project. It is this type of map that Bud Owens and his buddies recieved as part of their escape kit. This copy will come with a picture of our group at Port de Rat, Andorra signed by all participants in our documentary and will go to the highest bidder. More info soon....

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