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LUCKY PENNY

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SAMMY "TENNEY" ROWAN

Contributor - George R. Painter

My Uncle (Mother's Brother), 2nd Lt. Sammy Rowan (Co-Pilot - Standing 2nd from Left) did not have a middle name, but always used "Tenney". The crew of LUCKY PENNY, except for Navigator 2nd Lt. William L. Reese, who was "borrowed" to fly on the 853rd Squadron lead plane, were all killed 8 Jun 44 at their airbase at Metfield, England.  They had aborted their mission with a feathered No. 1 engine and after returning to the airbase, circled the field three times with a full load of fuel and bombs, lost control as they attempted to land and crashed on the field. SSgt. Lester J. Datthyn (Tail Gunner) was not in the crew photo, but was also killed in the crash. William L. Reese ( Navigator) was later killed 26 Nov 44 on the raid over Misbach.

Standing (L-R)
1st Lt. Fletcher E. Sharp - Pilot
2nd Lt. Sammy Rowan - Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. William L. Reese - Navigator
2nd Lt. Edwin W. Foster - Bombardier

Kneeling (L-R)
Sgt. Warren H. Rudolph - Waist Gunner
Sgt. Grover L. Buchanan - Engineer
Sgt. Carl W. Frack - Waist Gunner
Sgt. Rudolph C. Schopa - Radio Operator
Sgt. Clyde V. Jones - Ball Gunner

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