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Jacob Buikema

Military

Assigned to 326BS, 82BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Reginald Hammond

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 82BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), PH.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-8436 Fort Woth Jail House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    On May 5th 1945, just three days before the end of World War II, seven young men climbed into a B-17 from 326th Squadron and took off from RAF Podington. 1st Lt Reginald Hammond, 1st Lt Robert Sprout, 2nd Lt William J Dutton, T/Sgt Jacob Buikema, S/Sgt...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL 19 October 1924
Lived in llinois, USA 1942
Enlisted Chicago, IL 5 April 1943
Based Podington 1944 – 5 May 1945

Assigned to 326BS, 82BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Sidown Hill, Hampshire 5 May 1945

Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial 6 May 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2018 20:16:33 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529900557-jacob-buikema
https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/airmen/t-sgt-jacob-buikema-usaf/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288209/jacob-buikema

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 203 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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