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William C Budge


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.


Units served with


  • 43-34126 By Golly

    B-26 Marauder
    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

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    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...


Event Location Date
Born 28 January 1920
Taken as Prisoner of War (POW) Angers, France 1 August 1944
Died 6 October 2000
Buried Kettering, OH, USA


Date Contributor Update
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

MACR 9808