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John Oliver Buslee

Military

Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • David Albrecht

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • Gerald Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Lenard Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • George Farrar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Thrown form A/C unconscious, came...

  • Erwin Foster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Buslee crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle satrs).

  • William Henson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Started out as Bombardier for Lt Gerald Sammons crew. Re-trained as Navigator. 28 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming...

  • George McMann

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • Sebastiano Peluso

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF on 22 July 1944. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action ...

  • Arthur Schwery

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clarence Seeley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 748 Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Buslee crew member. Wounded in Action by flak aboard 'Tremblin Gremlin' 5-8-44. Hospitalised for 2 months. 34 x combat missions. ETD ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 43-37822 The Lead Banana

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-N] Grafton Underwood 29/6/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with John Buslee, Co-pilot: Dave Albrecht, Navigator: Bill Henson, Bombardier: Bob Stearns, Flight...

Missions

  • 652

    28 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Park Ridge, Illinois, USA 1923

Son of John and Olga [Gruenfeld] Buslee.

Based Grafton Underwood 22 July 1944 – 28 September 1944

Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Ostingersleben, Germany 28 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg 28-Sep-44; Collided with B-17 coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried Ostingersleben, Germany 29 September 1944

Interred
Ostingersleben cemetery

Buried Saint Joseph Cemetery River Grove, Cook County, IL 3 February 1949

Re-Interred
Saint Joseph Cemetery
River Grove, Cook County, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 14:52:47 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83133780/john-oliver-buslee

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2019 01:25:03 bombercommand Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=572

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2019 17:10:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38220466
https://www.fold3.com/image/94194109?rec=94194200
https://www.fold3.com/image/38220466?terms=43-37822
https://www.fold3.com/image/310762539?rec=299323624
https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=453573
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=572
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83133780/john-o-buslee

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9753 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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