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.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

4 days to go...

In just a few days, on Sunday the 23rd of October, our documentary film will be premiered at Our Lady of The Sacred Heart High School Auditorium, 1504 Woodcrest Avenue, Coraopolis, PA.

Several of the particpants will be in attendance.

Admission is free. If you'd like to attend, please contact us at budowens381@gmail.com

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Things are heading towards a conclusion with our documentary project. The trailer for the film can be viewed on Youtube here: