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James A Bussey

Military

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Detached to 1st Scout Force. 57 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Brunswick in P-51D 44-14653 'Blood and Soda'. Hit by flak strafing train, crashed near Rodewald. KIA (KIA). MACR 12504.

Awards: AM(5OLC), EAME(2 x bronze stars), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 1st Scouting Force
  • 383rd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bussey, Iowa 28 March 1923

Son of Jesse Raymond and Mary E [Eveland] Bussey.

Enlisted 6 November 1942
Pilot training Kelly, San Antonio, TX 78227, USA 1943

Pre-flight training, San Antonio Army A.F.P.S. Class 43.

Pilot training Strother Field Wastewater, Winfield, KS 67156, USA 1943

Basic flight training, Strother Air Field, Winfield, Kansas. Class 43.

Pilot training Foster Field Dr, Victoria, TX, USA 1943

Advanced flight training, Foster Field, Victoria, Texas. Class 43.

Based Honington 14 August 1944 – 19 February 1945

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Detached service Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1QZ, UK 30 September 1944 – 1 October 1944

Detached service with 1st Scout Force.

Promotion Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1QZ, UK November 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died 31637 Rodewald, Germany 19 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Brunswick in P-51D 44-14653 'Blood and Soda'. Hit by flak strafing train, crashed near Rodewald. KIA (KIA). MACR 12504.

Buried 31637 Rodewald, Germany 20 February 1945

Interred
Rodewald community cemetery
Germany

Buried Bussey, IA 50044, USA 1948

Re-Interred
Greenlawn Cemetery
Bussey
Marion County
Iowa, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2017 13:10:18 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=bussey&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/318944449/?terms=James%20A%20Bussey
https://www.fold3.com/image/28727313
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77213405

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2016 12:04:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12504 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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