Rank and Name, Captain John E. Bowers.
Unit/Placed in, Communications Officer, 30th Bomber Group (Base), United States Army Air Forces.
He was a Communications Officer in the 30th Bomb Group (Base). Probably wanted to go on an actual mission and went along as a passenger, on the last mission Captain John E. Bowers was a passenger in the Bombing Mission over Iwo Jima.
John is born approx. on 8 Dec. 1917 in Pennsylvania.
Father, Eddie Bowers.
Mother, Leolien (Struble) Bowers.
Sister(s), Betty L. Bowers.
Brother(s), Robert W. Bowers.
Spouse, Donna Bowers.
Daughter, Sue R. Bowers
John enlisted the service in Pennsylvania with service number # 33168220.
John‘s Crew-members from the plane that he crashsed in a B-24 were,
2nd Lt. James R. Fagan Pilot
2nd Lt. Johnnie W. Grant Co Pilot
2nd Lt. David K. Shelledy Navigator
2nd Lt. Walter J. Chilsen Bombardier
Corp. Calvin C. Bryant Engineer
Corp. Lauren M. Hetland Radio Operator
Corp. Aden D. Staley Asst. Engineer
Corp. William C. Little Asst. Radio Operator
Corp. Ernest L. Bradley Gunner
Corp. Frank A. Maressa Gunner
Captain John E. Bovers Passenger
John was KIA when over the target when they were hit by Anti-Aircraft fire, tried to land at Saipan but Crashed in the sea on 24 Jan. 1945, he is honored with an Air Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
John was buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Because the recovering of his remains his name at Manila Cemetery is added with a rosette.
After recovery he was buried at Van Buren Cemetery, Van Buren, Grant County, Indiana, USA.
Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and ww2-europe.com.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/