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Allen Franklin Bunte

Military

1st Lt Allan F Bunte was one of the few pilots who had been married prior to assignment to the 4th Fighter Group. Assigned to 335th Fighter Squadron, transferred to 334th Fighter Squadron.
On 5 April 1944 his P-51B Mustang hit high-tension wires near Gardelegen, causing the fighter to burst into flames. Bunte ditched in a nearby lake, knocking himself unconscious. The Mustang sank, but Bunte came to in time to release himself and bob to the surface. After paddling to the shore in his dinghy, Bunte was captured and became a POW. MACR 3609.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

Aircraft

  • 43-6882

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C hit by Flak whilst strafing a ground target, pilot 2nd Lt Norman Achen performed a belly landing in the vicinity of Lake Zwischenahner. Last contacted by radio. POW. MACR 8147

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Florida, USA 22 July 1920
Lived in Eustis, FL, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 23 January 1943 – 25 May 1943

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 23 April 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 25 May 1943 – 5 April 1944

Transferred to the 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Struck H/T Wires Gardelegen, Germany 5 April 1944

hit high-tension wires near Gardelegen, causing the fighter to burst into flames. Bunte ditched in a nearby lake, knocking himself unconscious. The Mustang sank, but Bunte came to in time to release himself and bob to the surface. After paddling to the shore in his dinghy, Bunte was captured and became a POW. MACR 3609.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 5 April 1944 – 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Died Orlando, FL, USA 27 March 1995
Buried Sumter County, FL, USA April 1995

Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell
Sumter County
Florida, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2016 11:13:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=3609&Submit=Go
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bunte&GSfn=Allen&G...

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 20:54:57 apollo11 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 20:43:03 apollo11 Changes to events
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 20:47:45 apollo11 Changes to firstname
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank E. Speer.

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2015 20:25:43 apollo11 Changes to firstname
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2015 20:23:05 apollo11 Changes to role, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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