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.

Friday, 25 November 2016


Our premier in Pittsburgh was a great success. A fantastic moment for all involved, after 2 years of hard work, with a great reception from the audience. Thanks to all who attended and the many donors who helped make this project a reality. Stay tuned in 2017 for additional screenings as we will continue to raise support to help make a French version of the documentary.

Our narrator, Tim Lambert

Old friends and new came along 

Geert Van Den Bogaert introducing the film

Three of our star particpants, Louis Hatet, Hayley Hulbert and Luke Oman

More updates to follow soon.........

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