Busby, Joel B., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 755, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Aircrew Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 755, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 755, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Joel B. Busby was born in Texas on January 6, 1922, a son of Thomas and Minnie Ester Brown Busby.

He enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces on January 12, 1942. His NARA enlistment forms states he enlisted in Dallas, Texas. It also states he had completed 4 years of high school and was working as an unskilled mechanic or repairman.

Busby was trained as a radio operator, and soon shipped overseas. It is not known when he was assigned to the 301st Bomb Group. He was said to have been waiting on transport to the U.S. when he volunteered to fly as radio operator on mission. On April 13, 1942, the aircraft left St. Donat airfield, but never returned. All crew were presumed dead, and the MACR only states "Aircraft failed to return."

Busby left a wife, Lucille. Nothing has been located to confirm a marriage date.

Busby is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia. A record at findagrave states he is buried in the Shiloh Cemetery in Brachsfield, Texas, but this may be a memory stone, as the American Battlefield Monuments Commission still lists him as memorialized at Carthage.

NARA Enlistment Records


TSgt Joel B. Busby was acting as radio operator on B-17F # 41024394, named "Hockamockolocko Jock VI BB," assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron. No explanation has been found for the meaning of the name.

Missing Air Crew Report 16302 was issued, but only lists the crew and the notation "Filed to Return." Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Jerry E. Thomas  p
1 Lt Duke D. Cummings  c-p
1 Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr.  nav
1 Lt William E. Loewecke  bomb
TSgt Julius J. Jacobs  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joel B. Busby  r/o
SSgt Ray O. Weeks  btg
SSgt James Agee  wg
Sgt Robert F. Nance  photo
SSgt Richard J. Carignan  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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