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Rudolph Stanley Buczak


Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Robert Kaufman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'.

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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. ...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 750th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38063 'G I Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned 749BS/457BG [S] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bob Kaufman, Co-pilot: Bob Burkholder, Navigator: Bernard Plaut, Bombardier: D.J. Letzia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 43-37765 'Donna J II' 'The Duchess'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/44; Kearney 1/6/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-K] Snetterton 18/6/44 DONNA J II; transferred 750BS/457BG [B] Glatton 19/6/44; 8 ERS Halesworth 24/3/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. THE DUCHESS.


  • 94

    24 June 1944

  • 458

    7 July 1944

  • 519

    5 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...


Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, MN, USA 10 November 1919
Enlisted Minneapolis, MN, USA 9 February 1942
Based Glatton 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 5 June 1946
Died Hennepin County, MN, USA 27 October 2008
Buried Minneapolis, MN 55450, USA November 2008

Fort Snelling National Cemetery Minneapolis
Hennepin County, MN


Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 15:37:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:43 AAM AAM ingest

1993 457th BGA Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia