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John Hugh Buckner


Assigned to 366FS, 358FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 122 x combat missions as wing man, element leader, flight commander, and operations officer. Made commander of 365FS, 358FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (20 OLC), LOM, Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory, EAME (6 Stars), UN and Korean and Commendation medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnam wars, rising to rank of Major General by his retirement in 1971.


Units served with

  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 365th Fighter Squadron
  • 366th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • High Halden

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943 with temporary runways and buildings. High Halden was then used as a Ninth Air Force Advanced Landing Ground, before being occupied by the 358th Fighter Group in 1944.


Event Location Date
Born Cleburne, TX, USA 11 January 1919

Son of John F and Eleanor [Wimberly] Buckner.

Military cadet West Point, NY, USA 1942 – January 1943

West Point Academy class of 42.

Crashed Richmond International Airport (RIC), 1 Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr, Richmond, VA 23250, USA 10 April 1943

Belly Landing AAB, Richmond, VA Cat 4 damage Lt John H Buckner, 10-Apr-43.

P-47D 42-22285 - 323FS 327FG

Based High Halden October 1943 – October 1944

Assigned to 366FS, 358FG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out English Channel May 1944

Hit by Flak over the coast of France in May, 1944 - managed to glide across the English Channel and bailed out, barely making the coast of England.

Based High Halden October 1944 – September 1946

Commander of 365FS, 358FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Pottsboro, TX, USA 21 December 1954

Mech Failure 4 miles N of Pottsboro, TX Cat 1 Maj John H Buckner, 21-Dec-54.

F-86D 50-705 - 3555MS 3555MSG.

Retired from USAF 1 November 1971
Buried San Antonio, TX 78234, USA December 2009

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Died San Antonio, TX, USA 12 December 2009


Date Contributor Update
31 July 2017 10:07:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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