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Bowers, John E.

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.


Thanks to,

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

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

30th Bomber Group
Nose Art plane Birds of Paradise
DAYTON, Ohio -- 30th Bomb Group plaque in Memorial Park at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
John E. Bowers
His rank Captain
His Grave Stone