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LTC Carl Kenneth Bowen

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 1 Aug 1942 (aged 29)
Montborne, Skagit County, Washington, USA
Burial Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 130556417 · View Source
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Carl served as a Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He was originally from Sullivan County, New Hampshire.

Carl died in the "Line Of Duty" as the result of an airplane crash.

His remains were cremated and placed here.

Lieutenant Colonel Carl Kenneth Bowen, Jr. DIS
West Point class of 1936
55th Fighter Group,
Service # O-020214

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Carl Kenneth Bowen Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio, June 28, 1913, he spent all his boyhood years in New England where he attended public schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. During his high school days he attended C.M.T.C. two years, and then enlisted in the 197th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, New Hampshire National Guard. Graduating from Stevens High School, Claremont, New Hampshire, in 1931, he already had a year of National Guard service to his credit. Shortly after graduation he began to study for the annual National Guard competitive examinations. New Hampshire can select but one candidate from its one regiment to compete for the final competitive examinations for West Point. Ken was high man in the State examination. Carl entered West Point in July 1932.

Graduating class of 1936 he was detailed to the Air Corps, with primary training at Randolph Field and advanced training at Kelly Field. He received his wings in October 1937, and after a short period of duty at advanced training base, was ordered to service in the Philippines. Arriving at Nichols Field early in 1938, he served about two years at this post. During this period his superior officers began to recognize in him one of those rare types possessed of courage and daring.

In June 1939 he received his First Lieutenancy. Early the following year he was ordered back to Moffett Field as operations officer of the 35th Pursuit Group. His promotion to Captain came through in October 1940, and was followed by transfer to Hamilton Field. In May 1941 he became executive officer of the newly formed 55th Fighter Group stationed at Portland, Oregon, Air Base. In December 1941 he was promoted to Major, and the following May promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, assuming command of the 55th Fighter Group. Colonel Bowen was engaged in a most thorough and efficient job of preparation for leading his Group into combat service, when his life story came to an untimely end.

Lieutenant Colonel Bowen was killed August 1, 1942, when a fighter type plane ( P- 38) in which he was making a routine flight, crashed on Haystack Mountain, near Mt. Vernon, Washington.

Funeral services, with full military honors, were held on August 11, 1942, at Milford, New Hampshire, where his family home is located.

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 29 May 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 130556417
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Carl Kenneth Bowen (28 Jun 1913–1 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 130556417, citing Tacoma Mausoleum, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .