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Joseph N Buie


Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed on landing at RAF Warboys on a combat mission to Germany on 3 Mar 1944 in P-38J 42-67889 'Sharks teeth on Nacelles'. RTD.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • 55th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-68037 'Strictly Stella's Baby'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major R C Franklin. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Written off after forced landing RAF Peplow Lt Joseph N Buie. 3-Nov-44.

  • 42-67889

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-103309 'Berlin Express'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Capt William B Overstreet chased a Me-109 down the Champs Elysee and below the Eiffel tower arches prior to shooting it down. 29-Jun-44. Transferred to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Written off in take off accident, 12-Jul...

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Wittering

    Military site : airfield
    Wittering, now in Cambridgeshire, began as RFC Stamford in 1916. By the end of the First World War, it had been renamed RAF Wittering, and was used by both British and American aircraft. It had six hangars, fifteen aircraft sheds and many other...


Event Location Date
Born Robeson County, NC, USA 1919
Enlisted Lumberton, NC, USA 16 September 1940
Lived in Red Springs, NC 28377, USA 1941
Based Wittering 8 December 1943 – 21 August 1944

Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Warboys, UK 3 March 1944

Landing Accident Warboys Cat 4 damage Lt Joseph N Buie, 3-Mar-44.

P-38J 42-67889 - 55FS 20FG 8AF

Promotion Wittering, Peterborough PE8, UK 4 April 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 12 July 1944

Take Off Accident King's Cliffe/Sta 367 Cat 5 damage Lt Joseph N Buie, 12-Jul-44.

P-51C 42-103309 - 55FS 20FG 8AF.

Based Goxhill 21 August 1944 – September 1944

Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1944
Crashed Peplow, Market Drayton TF9, UK 3 November 1944

Forced Landing due to Engine Failure RAF Airdrome Peplow, Salop. Cat 4 Lt Joseph N Buie, 3-Nov-44.

P-38J 42-68037 - 552FS 495FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
30 January 2019 11:35:30 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces;
- King's Cliffe Memorial Edition

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2017 11:17:51 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:29 AAM AAM ingest

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