S:Sgt Francis 'Bud' Owens was a waist gunner on B-17F 42-29928 when it was shot down over the Norman countryside in 1943.
The aircraft was part of 533rd Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group(H), and was taking part in a raid on the Gnome-Rhone plant in le Mans on July 4th when it was attacked by Messerschmitt Bf-109s and finally crashed near the small village of la Coulonche.
Three of the crew of ten perished when the 'plane hit the ground, two of those who baled out were quickly captured. With local help, the remaining five attempted to make their way down to neutral Spain with a view to re-joining the fight against Nazism.
Four of them made it to Spain but 'Bud' Owens, a man who on many occasions had put others before himself, was to die of exposure in the Pyrenees, aged just 21. He now rests in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium.
Please follow our project to honour and remember 'Bud' Owens and support it if you can. Thank you.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Andorra premier

We are happy to anounce the Andorra premier of our documentary on Saturday 6 May 2017! We would like to sincerely thank Claude Benet and the people of La Massana, Andorra for making this happen. A short piece recently appeared on Andorran Television to help promote the event. Please click on the image below to view.


Friday, 25 November 2016


Our premier in Pittsburgh was a great success. A fantastic moment for all involved, after 2 years of hard work, with a great reception from the audience. Thanks to all who attended and the many donors who helped make this project a reality. Stay tuned in 2017 for additional screenings as we will continue to raise support to help make a French version of the documentary.

Our narrator, Tim Lambert

Old friends and new came along 

Geert Van Den Bogaert introducing the film

Three of our star particpants, Louis Hatet, Hayley Hulbert and Luke Oman

More updates to follow soon.........

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

4 days to go...

In just a few days, on Sunday the 23rd of October, our documentary film will be premiered at Our Lady of The Sacred Heart High School Auditorium, 1504 Woodcrest Avenue, Coraopolis, PA.

Several of the particpants will be in attendance.

Admission is free. If you'd like to attend, please contact us at budowens381@gmail.com

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Things are heading towards a conclusion with our documentary project. The trailer for the film can be viewed on Youtube here:

Monday, 26 September 2016


After 9 intense months of post-production we are excited to anounce the premier of our documentary "Preserving A Legacy: In The Footsteps of Bud Owens" at 2PM on Sunday 23rd of October 2016 at the OLSH Auditorium, 1504 Woodcrest Avenue, Coraopolis, PA. Stay tuned for our trailer and hope to see you there!

Monday, 4 July 2016

73 years on....

This 4th of July marks the 73rd anniversary of the crash of B-17F 42-29928, 533rd BS, 381st BG at La Coulonche in Normandy, France. It is a day we remember the sacrifice of the three crew members who perished in the crash.
2nd Lt. George C. Williams (B)

 S/Sgt Albert G. Wackermann (BTG)

 S/Sgt. Harry A. Bauscher (RWG)

Athough he successfully bailed out and hid in occupied France for nearly 4 months, S/Sgt. Frances "Bud" Owens made that same ultimate sacrifice after dying of exposure and exhaustion in the Pyrenees Mountains on 25 October 1943. We are close to finalizing the powerful documentary that tells his story. Please consider making a donation using the "Donate" button on the right of the page to help us finish this great project. Thank you