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William Downs Buchanan


Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Missed the Ploesti oil refinery due to dysentery. ETD

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



  • John Dore

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. John J. Dore, Jr. was assigned as Command Pilot to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF. B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy. The airplane and crew were lost near their target at Ploesti, Romania, shot down by flak and...

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  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...


  • 42-40102 - Old Baldy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D named, Old Baldy, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, USAAF. Aircraft was lost, Failed To Return (FTR), with Lt. John J. Dore Jr.'s crew, after the bombing mission over Ploesti, Romania. Old...

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Born Philadelphia, PA 4 April 1916

Son of James Madison and Lillian [McBride] Buchanan.

Enlisted 12 December 1941
Based Libya 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 2 December 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died Kirkland, WA 21 March 2007
Buried 4 June 2007

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia


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