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John Paul Buchanan


John Buchanan was killed on 9 December 1943 in a take-off crash from Bovingdon, UK, where the 1st Combat Crew Replacement Center were based. He was beginning a weather reconnaissance flight in B-17 #42-37744. All 10 on board were killed, including two Meteorological Officers from the RAF.


Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    Redesignated from No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center on 12 November 1943. ...


  • 42-37744

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/8/43; Tulsa 17/8/43; Scott 1/10/43; Assigned 1 CCRC Gp Bovingdon, then 8AF Weather Flight, Bovingdon 10/6/43; crashed on t/o from Cheddington 9/12/43 with LaVerne Rissinger, Co-pilot: Bill Holcomb, Navigator: Otto Ahlers, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...


Event Location Date
Born Indiana 11 November 1919
Enlisted Harrison, IN 47885, USA 15 October 1941

At Fort Benjamin

Died 9 December 1943
Buried Franklin, IN, USA

Greenlawn Cemetery
Plot: Section M


Date Contributor Update
01 April 2016 12:28:26 Lucy May Changes to middlename, role, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Brought in information from a duplicate record. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The 25th BG (Rcn) by Norman Malaney

NARA Enlistment record:

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I, p. 411