World War II & KoreaUS Air Force
40th Bomb Squadron
6th Bombardment Wing - Heavy
Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, New Mexico
Service Number: AO 666128
Born: February 11, 1917
Died: May 25, 1955 in crash near Garden City, Texas
Buried: Section Q, Plot 479, Golden Gate NC, California
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bell C. Bowman of Lowell, Arkansas (formerly of Yuma).
Golden Gate National Cemetery
Photo contributed by V.A. National Cemetery Staff
Yuma Pioneer May 1955
Local Lady's Nephew Dies in Plane Crash
Captain Harold V. Bowman, pilot of the giant B-36 bomber, which crashed and killed fifteen men in the storm Wednesday night of last week, was a nephew of Mrs. George Hall of south of Yuma. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bell C. Bowman of Route One, Lowell, Arkansas. The family lived in Yuma at one time moving away when Harold was four years old. Mrs. Bowman is a sister of Mrs. Hall.
The huge ten engine plane was on a routine training flight from Walker Air Force Base at Roswell, New Mexico, when it hit the tornado and crashed sixty miles west of San Angelo, Texas. Four of the jet engines were found twenty-five miles from the plane. An eye witness to the crash said the plane was burning as it fell to the ground through a violent rain and hail storm. Two explosions followed the crash, and wreckage was found over an eight acre territory in rugged ranch country. The plane was last heard from at 10:44 p.m., eight minutes before the fatal crash and at this time did not anticipate the approaching storm.
Funeral service was conducted Wednesday at Roswell. He is survived by his wife and daughters ranging in age, eleven years, three years and six weeks; his parents in Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs. W.L. Stim of Denver and Mrs. T.E. Newell of Miami, Florida, and a brother, Edward H. Bowman of Whittier, California. Harold enlisted in the Air Corps during World War II. He was 38 years of age.
6TH BOMBARDMENT WING, HEAVY 40TH BOMB SQUADRON, HEAVY (SAC) Walker Air Force Base Roswell, New Mexico Flight Order 24-1 24 May 55 The following named crew members will proceed on or about 25 May 55 for the purpose of 50-8 training and will return to station on or about 25 May 55. GRADE, NAME, AFSN, UNIT, DUTY *Captain Basinger, L C JR. AO 754311 40th AC Captain Bowman, Harold V. AO 666128 40th P Captain Morton, Ernest R. AO 688975 40th VO Captain Fred, Arthur L. AO 2064559 40th N Captain Zalonka, Charles C. AO 733573 40th CO OBS Captain Ensor, Nelson H. AO 2101885 40th 1 APE 2 LT Glover, Richard B. AO 3024195 40th 2 APE T/Sgt Cannon, Leonard T. AF 19253266 40th 1 RO A/2c McNeil, Terance M. AF 13461639 40th 2 RO T/Sgt Messer, David C. AF 1415959 40th LUA T/Sgt Davis, Charles J. AF 13327655 40th RUA A/1c Davis, Charles L. AF 25940050 40th LAR A/1c Coffinger, Ernest Jr.AF 12407448 40th TG A/1c Kershner, Billy H. AF 18415900 40th TG * Indicates pilot in charge of aircraft. BY ORDER OF THE COMMANDER s/ William J. Miller William J. Miller MAJOR Squadron Operations Officer
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