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SSGT John L Towning

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SSGT John L Towning

Birth
Death 13 Nov 1943 (aged 21)
Netherlands
Burial Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Olive, Lot 505
Memorial ID 105477415 View Source
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
Gunner S/Sgt. John L. Towning KIA
Hometown: Bell, California
Squadron: 66th 44th Bomb Group
Service# 39542241
Awards: Purple Heart
Pilot Harlan C. Almlie

Target: Bremen, Germany
Mission Date: 13-Nov-43
Serial Number: #42-40973
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:BATTLEAXE
Location: Unknown
Cause: Unknown Crew of 10 5KIA 5MIA/KIA

The second largest port in Germany was the objective for this mission, with its extensive port facilities and large manufacturing and storage facilities as well as an important rail transport center. Adverse weather conditions, severe cold, and enemy fighters which rose to give fierce engagements to our formation, made this raid a
most difficult one. About 50 enemy aircraft made their attacks on the bombers from all directions, using the dense contrails to hide their approach. Due to these attacks, the Group suffered two aircraft lost as well as two other men KIA in returning aircraft; and another ship crash-landed. Three men were seriously wounded, none of them were identified on the casualty listing, are now identified in Squadron papers and shown later in this section.

Lt. Harlan C. Almlie was the pilot of this 66th Squadron aircraft. The Squadron reported that at the IP, slight inaccurate flak was encountered at 24,000 feet; bombs were away at 1147 hours. Over the target, flak was slight and inaccurate and fighter opposition slackened due to support of P-38s. From the target out to the coast, flak again was inaccurate, spasmodic. BATTLEAXE was last seen flying in a diamond formation with the Group to within 20 minutes
from the English coast, one engine was smoking heavily, and the aircraft was gliding down under control. Air-Sea Rescue Service was notified as soon as crews were interrogated, but there were no eyewitnesses to a ditching or crash of this craft. It seems most likely that they ditched,
as later bodies of two crew members were found and buried at Margraten, Netherlands. Five are listed on the Wall of the Missing. Three others were recovered and are buried in the United States.

BATTLEAXE Crew
Harlan C. Almlie Pilot
Harlan C. Almlie Pilot
William E. Hacker Co Pilot
Joseph L. Schexnayder Navigator
Walter J. Seiler Bombardier
Donald A. Davis Engineer
Everett E. Permar Radio Op.
George W. Iorgov Gunner
John V. Lundstrom Gunner
John L. Towning Gunner
Frederick A. Robinson Gunner


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S SGT 44 AAF BOMB GP
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