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Clifford R Buckles


Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 1st Scouting Force
  • 357th Fighter Squadron
  • 384th Fighter Squadron
  • Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Formed by Col. Peaslee following presentation of his theory to Gen. Doolittle. The purpose of the Scouting Force concept was for experienced, tour expired lead bomber pilots, escorted by volunteer fighter pilots, to fly ahead of bomber formations to...


  • 44-13407

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-13279 'Lois'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Born Macon, IL 62544, USA 1921

Son of Gilbert R and Mollie L Buckles.

Lived in Champaign County, IL, USA 1941
Enlisted Peoria, IL, USA 11 August 1942
Crashed Lavenham, Sudbury CO10, UK 29 June 1944

Landing Accident Lavenham/Sta 137 Cat 3 damage Lt Clifford R Buckles, 29-Jun-44.

P-51D 44-13407 - 357FS 355FG 8AF

Promotion Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 7 July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Honington September 1944

Transferred 1st Scouting Force.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK January 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
30 July 2017 16:41:22 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:30 AAM AAM ingest

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