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Frank William Buschmeier

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B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220.
Shot down by fighters and crashed near Pauschrau/Bad Kösen, Germany on 29 July 1944 in B-17 Buffalo Gal #42-31537 - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7809. Prisoner of War (POW). A 24 July 2018 video interview of Frank Buschmeier can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQQWGzaTh6w

Service

People

  • Ira Arnold

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, Fance and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down by Flak on the...

  • Sterling Blakeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220.

  • Archie Bunting

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • Floyd Douglas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier / Togglier / Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    3 December 1943 crashed on base in B-17#42-39791 "Fletcher's Castoria" with Pilot Martin Tashjian. Then 27 December 1943 accident after landing B-17#42-37772 "Flying Jenny" (also Tashjian crew) during formation flight training. All returned. Shot down...

  • Robert Dykeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Robert Dykeman was Co-Pilot on B-17G #42-31968 'Miss Irish'. On return from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France on 19 March 1944, the ship made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room. Returned to...

  • Myron Ettus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • William Fitzroy

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Was Pilot of B-17 #42-31537 on the 29 July 1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany. Shot down by Flak and crashed near Punschrau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Gibbons

    Military | Colonel | Pilot / Squadron Commander | 100th Bomb Group
    John Gibbons was Pilot of B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returning from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew...

  • Floyd Hartman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Floyd Hartman was Navigator on board B-17#42-39791 "Fletcher's Castoria" which crashed on take-off on a non-operational flight 3 December 1943, with Pilot Martin Tashjian. He and the 8 other men on board Returned To Duty (RTD). ...

  • Everett Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220.

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31537 'Randie Lou' aka 'BUFFALO GAL'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Kearney 2/12/43; Presque Is 10/12/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Rougham 23/12/43 FRIDAY THE 13TH; transferred 350BS/100BG [LN-S] Thorpe Abbotts 24/12/43; 349BS [XR- ]; ran out of gas on Ruhland mission 21 June 1944 with Lt...

  • 42-31968 Miss Irish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/1/44; Savannah 21/1/44; Morrison 2/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-D] Thorpe Abbotts 3/2/44. Battle-damaged by Flak South of Calais, France on the 19 March 1944 mission to Mimoyecques, France. 19/3/44 with Pilot John P. Gibbons, Co...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 503

    29 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cincinnati, Ohio, United States 28 February 1923
Lived in June 1942

Terrace Park, Hamilton County, Ohio

Enlisted 20 January 1943

Cincinnati, Ohio

Prisoner Of War (POW) Germany 29 July 1944 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 4 Heydekrug / Gross Tychow. Moved to Usedom bei Sävenmünde, Germany. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 14 JUne 1945.”

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2020 10:36:17 ED-BB Changes to middlename, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 15220
MACR 7809
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 14:26:18 ED-BB Changes to biography
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Corrected typos and added details in Biography

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 18:52:15 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Added nickname per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 196086498.

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 17:48:23 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
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Added a POW event. Also added S/N & POW camp info per POW records from National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2018 22:09:11 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Removed data stating he was KIA. The description above states he was a POW.

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2014 02:01:40 mpfaley Changes to highest rank
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Michael P. Faley-100th Bomb Group Historian, www.100thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7809 / MACR 7809, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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