William Budge served as a co-pilot with the 598th Bomb Squadron of the 397th Bomb Group. On 1 August 1944, his B-26 43-34126 "By Golly" was shot down and crashed near Angers, France. William was taken as a Prisoner of War.
William retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Assigned to 598BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Angers railroad bridge, shot down by fighter over target, 9 crew, 2 were killed: John Q West (pilot) and Douglas H Cramer (navigator). MACR 9808
Military site : airfield
Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...
|Born||28 January 1920|
|Taken as Prisoner of War (POW)||Angers, France||1 August 1944|
|Died||6 October 2000|
|Buried||Kettering, OH, USA|
|24 January 2017 12:19:20||Lucy May||Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations|