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James Buchanan

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Morris Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Nelson Clifford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Cudihy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Foote

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Frankenberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frank Gerlach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Ralph Guhl

    Military | Private | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Walter Gursky

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed 800m South of Hassenhausen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 #43-37655. Killed In Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37655

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Dow Fd 17/6/44. Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR- ] Thorpe Abbotts 28/6/44. Missing in Action Merseburg 29 July 1944 with Pilot Morris E.Clark, Co-pilot: John Cudihy, Radio Operator: Frank J. Gerlach, Waist gunner:...

Missions

  • 503

    29 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cicero, Illinois, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 29 July 1944 – 1945

NARA WWII POW record : "Interned in Germany. Returned to Military Control 17 February 1945."

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2020 14:43:21 ED-BB Changes to biography, events and person associations
Sources

NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2020 10:40:09 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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MACR 7812

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2020 18:22:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7812 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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