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John Lowell Burkhead

Military

Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgeburg in B-24 42-50459 with Buxton crew 16-Aug-44; hit by flak and crashed at Gerwisch Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8426

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • John Buxton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 year old B-24 pilot whose plane was brought down by flak on his second mission over Magdeburg, Germany on 16-Aug-44. Hit by flak and crashed at Gerwisch in B-24 42-50459 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8426. ...

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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. ...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 714th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Metropolis, IL 18 July 1925

Son of John A and Ruby Williams Burkhead.

Based Seething 1944 – 16 August 1944

Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Gerwisch, Germany 16 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Madgeburg in B-24 42-50459 with Buxton crew 16-Aug-44; hit by flak and crashed at Gerwisch KIA MACR 8426

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Lemay, St. Louis County, MO 7 February 1951

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 18:41:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40501353/john-lowell-burkhead

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8426 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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