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James W Buttermore

Military

Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Service

People

  • Leroy Chappell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Lemanski

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Completed 11 missions to Ludwigshaven, Brunswick, Wilhelmshaven, Frankfort, Rostock, Poznan, Belgium, French and Polish objectives. Shot down by ME 109s on the mission to Berlin on 8 March 1944 in B-17 #4231576. ...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-31576

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Romulus 31/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-G] Snetterton 16/1/44; Missing in Action Erkner 8/3/44 with Dick Lemanski, Co-pilot: Jim Buttermore, Navigator: Leroy Chappell,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Findley, Ohio, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2017 10:35:43 Valerie Lemanski Holley Changes to person associations and place associations
Sources

2nd LT James W. Buttermore Co Pilot, Valerie Lemanski Holley Collection
Crew D34 , 339th Squadron, 96th Bomb Group
Front Row L - R 1st Lt. Richard F. Lemanski Pilot ,2nd LT James W. Buttermore Co Pilot, 2nd Lt. Leroy Chappell Navigator,
2nd Lt. Stephen O'Lear Bombardier Top Row S.Sgt Mathew J. Mendeys Flt. Engineer, S. Sgt. Edgar A. Currie Waist Gunner,
T. Sgt David A. Rohm Radio Operator, S. Sgt Jeff D. Roberts Waist Gunner, S. Sgt Dean L. Shuck Tail Gunner,
S. Sgt Philip G. Kierstead Ball Turret Gunner

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3426 / MACR 3426, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; Snetterton Falcons, pg 118 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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