In Memory of
Army Air Corps Sgt.
Lawrence F. Bowar
Faulkton, South Dakota
October 7, 1922 – December 18, 1944
Missing in Action over the South China Sea
Sgt. Bowar is on the right.
Lawrence F. Bowar was born on October 7, 1922, at Faulkton, South Dakota, the
son of Mike and Loretta Bowar. During his youth he lived on his family’s farm in
the township of Latham and completed his grade and high-school years at Faulkton
High School, from where he graduated in 1940. After high school, Lawrence
engaged in farming until he joined the service.
Lawrence enlisted in the Army Air Corps on
January 20, 1943. Trained as a radioman and gunner on B-24 bomber, Sgt. Bowar
was part of the 14th Air Force’s “Flying Tigers.” Bowar received a
citation for “meritorious achievement” for his part in destroying and sinking a
On December 18, 1944, Sgt. Lawrence F. Bowar
was reported missing in action over the South China Sea after his plane went
down. In early 1945 Lawrence’s parents were notified; he was later declared
dead by the War Department.
Lawrence F. Bowar, 425th Bomber
Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, is listed on the Tablets of the Missing
at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the
entry was respectfully submitted by Jason Michael Nies and Michael Kent Knutson,
8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota,
December 5, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Robert Bowar,
brother of Sgt. Lawrence F. Bowar.