Raymond Harry Buthe

Military ROLL OF HONOUR
media-51841.jpeg UPL 51841 Lt. Raymond Buthe, 447BG

Object Number - UPL 51841 - Lt. Raymond Buthe, 447BG

Shot down 30-Nov-44 in B-17 43-38725. Killed in Action (KIA).



Excerpt from MACR 11149:

Aircraft 43-38725 was hit by flak at instant of bombs away. A large hole was observed between #3 and #4 engine. Entire right wing burst into flames and aircraft peeled off to right and lost altitude rapidly. Aircraft was not out of control and some crews report 1-2 chutes, though the majority saw no chutes. Incident was at 27,800 feet at 13:18 hours over the target. Heavy contrails prevented further observation of this aircraft or its crew.



The following information was shared by John Flynn, engineer. Interviews were conducted from October to December, 2002 by Amy Baker:

John remembers that his plane was hit right before bombs away. He was in the top turret and saw flak hit the tail and explode. He thinks it tore the tail off. John was knocked out of the top turret and landed below the pilot and co-pilot. The plane turned almost completely upside down and started to spin downward. He looked up and saw the pilot and co-pilot struggling to get out of their seats, but since the plane was in a spin, the force made it almost impossible to move. John was able to clip his chute on and throw himself out the open bomb bay doors. He looked up and saw the plane explode. After a while he looked up and noticed two chutes and knew only two of his crew probably survived.

On the ground, John was picked up by Germans and reunited with John Lafferty and Curtis Chapman. John Lafferty, the waist gunner, was able to jump out the waist window before the plane exploded. Curtis Chapman, bombardier, was still in the nose of the plane and was blown out in the explosion. He was knocked unconscious but came to in time to pull his ripcord and float to earth.



Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33464764
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2060236
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2060671
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36237097
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31329345
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fuddy Duddy
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 30 November 1944
  • Date: 26 November 1944

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Elgin, Illinois 26 May 1921 Parents: Harry W. Buthe and Laura (Raywood) Buthe

Other

Missions

21 November 1944 - 30 November 1944 Last mission: Lutzkendorf, Germany. Target:Oil Refinery

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Germany 30 November 1944 Shot down over Dietz, Germany. Classified: unrecoverable

Other

Memorialized

Bluff City Cemetery, Egin, Illinois Memorialised Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, Illinois

Buried/ Commemorated

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial Walls of the Missing at the American War Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Revisions

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Sources

Source; Richard Frohm (S/Sgt. Jack Flynn)

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ContributorRichard412
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Source: Richard Frohm (S/Sgt John Flynn)

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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11149 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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