James Frank Bucher

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

James Bucher was serving as Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie' when it was shot down on the 26 November 1943 to Bremen, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea and James Bucher drowned, unable to get on board a life raft in the icy waters. Killed in Action (KIA). Posthumously awared Air Medal and Purple Heart.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32373835
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36255285
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 482nd Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron 812th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14006633 at enlistment, then O-406671
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot; Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37205337
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19085247 at enlistment, then O-738778
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Barrel House Bessie
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron 546th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

1916-04-25 Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

Enlisted

1942-03-30 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Other

Missing In Action (MIA)

1943-11-26 Failed to reach life raft after ditching in North Sea. Still listed as Missing In Action (MIA)

Other

Memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing

at the Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date6 Feb 2019 08:07:42
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 1579
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Casualties for Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

Date27 Sep 2014 18:14:20
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1579 / MACR 1579, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=… / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database