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Melvin E Buckner


KIA at Gustausborg in B-17 #448489 Was from the 339thBG he was the C. O> went along as command pilot on this fllight. Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner


Units served with


  • 42-3291 Miss Mac

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/4/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; on training mission 12/7/44 with Major Boardman Reed, Co-pilot: Major Melvin Buckner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Weathers, Radio Operator: Ora Kelsey, pass...

  • 44-8489 The Reluctant Dragon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/9/44; Hunter 25/10/44; Grenier 6/11/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-G] Snetterton 11/11/44; Missing in Action Mainz 13/1/45 with Capt Merlin Miller, Co-pilot: Roy Collier, Navigator: Warren Berg, Bombardier: Capt Bob Alford, Flight...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Merced, California, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 13 January 1945
Died 13 January 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11570 / MACR 11570, Snetterton Falcons, pg 222, 226 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database