Steve Ferdinand Bugyie

Military

Object Number - UPL 14565 - B-24 Liberator 42-40606 'Timb-a-h' and crew. This A/C was shot down by an Me 109G-6 flown by Uffz. Fritz Willinger of JG 3/12 on August 16, 43 near...

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40606.

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 51251

Bugyie states in 44th BG Roll of Honour that he was the regular assistant engineer with pilot Lt Jim Bunce and was flying as a spare gunner. He tells of his evasion for 4 days.

Awards: DFC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 791384
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19032975 / O-730588
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Timb-A-H!
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Star Spangled Hell
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Soluch Airfield
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag 17b, Krems an der Donau, Austria

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Exeland, Sawyer County, Wisconsin 1923-05-30 Son of Elie G amd Mary F Bugyie.

Enlisted

Milwaukee. WI 1942-09-30 Milwaukee. Wisconsin

Based

Shipdham Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Baled out EVD

North of Weiner Neustadt, Austria 1943-10-01 Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Evaded Capture (EVD) MACR 51251

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Krems an der Donau, Austria 1943-10-05 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Based

Benina 1943-10-01 Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa.

Died

Naperville, IL 2007-11-01

Buried

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Will County, IL 2007-11-04 Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood, Will County, Illinois

Revisions

Date11 Dec 2021 19:44:33
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date14 Apr 2020 11:01:32
Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:26
ContributorAAM
Sources

44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 136-138, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 299; MACR 15251 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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