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.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Andorra premier

This past 6th of May, the Velle Cases Foundation in La Massana, Andorra organized a luncheon and documentary screening of "Preserving A Legacy: In the Footsteps of Bud Owens" followed by a debate about the role of Andorra in WWII. 

Hostal Palanques, La Massana, Andorra which housed evaders during WWII

David Baro Riba, mayor of La Massana and Claude Benet, president of the Velles Cases Foundation
The event was a great success and we would like to thank Claude Benet and the people of La Massana for sharing the Bud Owens story! 

Luncheon organized by the Velles Cases Foundation. A full house...

Stay tuned for more on our upcoming UK premiere on the 24th of June!

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