BOWEN, Chasten Leroy
Name: Chasten Leroy BOWEN
Born 12 July 1924
Birthplace: Compton, California
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 20
Died 30 December 2016 in Longbeach, California, age 92
Service ID: 39569672
Service Rank: Staff Sergeant
Duties: Radioman and Flight engineer
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Squadron
Airbase: Bassingboum, Cambridgeshire UK
Aircraft: B-17G 42-97173
Date shot down: 8 July 1944
Fate of crew: 1 KIA, 2 captured immediately, 6 evaded; 5 of those captured destined for Buchenwald (Bowen, FORE, WARD, SCHARF, and ZEISER).
Evasion summary: Bowen and Zeiser were driven to Paris by Desoubrie and Orsini.
Date captured: 11 July 1944
Capture summary: Paris, with ZEISER.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78336
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, South Compound
Kriege ID: 8163
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag VIIA, Moosburg, by train from Spremberg after forced winter march, 27-30 January, arriving 4 February 1945.
Notes on SVIIA internment: Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse, Work Camp 3368, Munich
Liberation: 29 April 1945 by units from 14th Armoured Division of Patton’s Third Army.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: Interviewed in the History Channel’s 2004 documentary Shot from the Sky about Buchenwald