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.

Monday, 6 July 2015


3rd day of filming for our documentary in the footsteps of Bud Owens. Our participants discovered the story of escape and evasion in Paris and met with Michèle Agniel member of the Burgundy network. Please keep up the support for what is going to be a powerful testament of the bravery of evaders and their helpers.

Hayley Hulbert and Louis Hatet in the restaurant where Bud Owens stayed just before his transfer to Toulouse

Louis Hatet and Michèle Agniel. His great grandfather and her father were deported to the same concentration camp for helping downed airmen.

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