Buckner, John Lennon, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1954, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1943 - 1951
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Orono, Maine
Last Address
Kadena AB, Okinawa

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1951
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen
  2015, Korean War Fallen

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)371st Bombardment Squadron, Medium 307th Bombardment Wing, MediumUS Air Force
  1943-1945, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1951-1951, 371st Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1951-1951, 307th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1951-1954, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1951-1951, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Captain Buckner was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On April 7, 1951, while on a bombing mission, his aircraft was attacked by two MiGs. It crashed about four miles off the North Korean coastline. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on January 31, 1954. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial...Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov

"B-29 A, Tail Number 44-86268, "Circumstances of the Loss: Combat mission over N. Korea. F-84s escorting, damaged by 2 MiGs, two engines out, pilot ordered bail out, crashed into the water 4 mi off NW N. Korea. 7 fighter aircraft and 3 SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort, one crewman rescued." Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary, http://www.dtic.mil
Then 1st Lt. Buckner was one of 11 crewmembers aboard
"Name: John L. Buckner
Birth Year: 1923
Nativity State or Country: New York
State of Residence: New York
Enlistment Date: 20 Feb 1943
Enlistment State: New Jersey
Enlistment City: Atlantic City
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War...
Component: Reserves
Source: Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled miners, and mining machine operators
Marital Status: Single, without dependents"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Ancestry.com

"Name: John Lennon Buckner
Birth Date: 15 Aug 1923
Gender: Male
Home City: Orono
Home State: Maine
Citizen Status: U.S. Citizen
Death Date: 31 Jan 1954 (Note: Presumed death date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea (Note: Crash was in the water off N.Korea)
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: Captain
Pay Grade: Captain"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957, Ancestry.com

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