We would like to thank and congratulate the winner of our art print auction Mr. Steven Marsh of Edmonton, Alberta! His winning bid and Aces High Art Gallery's generous gift to our cause have given us some welcome financial support to our project. Thank you Steven!
souhaiterions remercier et féliciter le vainqueur de notre vente aux
enchères, Monsieur Steven Marsh de Edmonton dans l'Alberta! Son offre
gagnant et le don généreux de Aces High nous ont donné un soutien
financier précieux pour notre projet!
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.