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Donald E Buckland


Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-9018

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook Mar-42; transferred 327BS/92BG Bovingdon Aug-42; Attacked by Lt. Walter Meyer 7./JG26. Lost tail and three engines. Desintegrated over Lannay near the Belgian border. Monument near Mouchin on D955 direction Planard. MACR...


  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

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 Berkeley, California, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 9 October 1942

Aircraft crashed into the sea.

Buried Colleville-sur-Mer, France 1945

Buried at the Normandy American Cemetery, Plot D, Row 27, Grave 26.


Date Contributor Update
17 November 2014 20:32:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and place associations

Lee Cunningham 17-Nov-2014. 92BG place association; edited KIA and Burial events for consistency; edited biography to add crew position.

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2014 19:21:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, awards, events and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15218; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15218 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database