1LT James Paul Lowder, Jr

1LT James Paul Lowder, Jr

Stanly County, North Carolina, USA
Death 8 Jul 1944 (aged 23)
Jouarre, Departement de Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 39 Grave 43
Memorial ID 56370761 · View Source
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Flying a P-51 he took off from Stepple Morton on a "Rodeo" mission. Fellow pilot, Lt Russell McNally reported that he followed Lt Lowder across and airfield on his last pass, but he pulled up to late and hit tops of trees on the edge of the airfield and his aircraft flipped over onto its back. The pilot appeared to point the nose up while inverted but crashed and exploded in woods at Bois de Jourre, about six miles NE of Coulommiers, France. The Germans reported that the P-51 was hit by MG fire from II/NJG.4

James served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on P-51B-5 Mustang (#43-6945), 358th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in North Carolina prior to the war.

James was "Killed In Action" when his P-51 did not return to base and was assumed to be shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed in France during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-821740

James was a close friend of 1st Lt. Wallace B Shipplett, a fellow North Carolinian, and is interred next to him at Epinal.

Info on Friends being interred "Side By Side" at Epinal submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

( Bio and family links by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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