Please help us fund Luke Oman’s participation in our exciting upcoming documentary project. Luke is a Captain in the United States Air Force and is assigned to the 381st Training Group (what once used to be Bud Owens 381st Bomber Group!), Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Luke currently serves as an Instructor for the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Operations Training.
Luke was born in Ocala, Florida and spent his younger
years growing up in Mukwonago, Wisconsin and Valparaiso, Indiana. Luke
attended Indiana State University, where he graduated Cum Laude with a
bachelor’s degree in criminology. In 2007, he earned his commissioning,
as a 2d Lieutenant, in the United States Air Force as a distinguished
graduate from Detachment 218, Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps
(ROTC). In 2013, he earned his master’s degree in Marriage and Family
Therapy from Liberty University.
Luke is married to Kate Oman (née
Jenkins) and has a beautiful 3 year old daughter Olivia. He has a deep
heritage in the United States Military, having relatives that have
fought in almost all major U.S. conflicts to include the Revolutionary
War, Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, and Desert Storm.
extremely honored to be a part of this project and can think of no
better way to pay respect to “The Great Generation” than walking in the
footsteps of an American Hero like SSgt Bud Owens. He also hopes to gain
a better understanding of what some of his relatives lived through to
provide the freedom that at times this world takes for granted.
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.