Buechsenstein, John Louis, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 44th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Home Town
Alliance, Nebraska
Last Address
RAF Shipdham, Norfolk, England

Casualty Date
Feb 24, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Lorraine, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B Row 20 Grave 9

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44th Bombardment Group, Heavy Unit Page
Second Lieutenant
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
RAF Shipdham, Norfolk, England
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 44th Bombardment Group, Heavy Details

44th Bombardment Group, Heavy

Constituted as 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Trained with B-24's. Became an operational training unit in Feb 1942. Also served on antisubmarine duty. In Jul 1942 began intensive preparations for combat. Moved to England, Aug-Oct 1942, for service with Eighth AF. Operations consisted primarily of assaults against strategic targets in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy Rumania, Austria, Poland, and Sicily. Pounded submarine installations, industrial establishments, airfields, harbors, shipyards, and other objectives in France and Germany, Nov 1942-Jun 1943. Received a DUC for an extremely hazardous mission against naval installations at Kiel on 14 May 1943: with its B-24's carrying incendiaries to be dropped after three B-17 groups had released high explosive bombs, the 44th flew in the wake of the main formation; thus the B-24's were particularly vulnerable because they had no protection from fire power of the main force, and this vulnerability increased when the group had to open its own formation for the attack; but the 44th blanketed the target with incendiaries in spite of the concentrated flak and continuous interceptor attacks it encountered. Late in Jun 1943 a large detachment moved to North Africa to help facilitate the invasion of Sicily by bombing airfields and marshalling yards in Italy. The detachment also participated in the famous low-level raid on the Ploesti oil fields on 1 Aug 1943. 


Antisubmarine, American Theater; Air Combat, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.


Distinguished Unit Citations: Kiel, Germany, 14 May 1943; Ploesti, Rumania, 1 Aug 1943.

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Beirne, Milton Ruppert, 2nd Lt, (1942-1944) A08 AAF MOS 1035 Second Lieutenant
Johnson, Leon William, Gen, (1926-1965) A33 AAF MOS 770 Colonel
Hammer, Jr., Elmer H., Col, (1939-1969) A23 AAF MOS 1092 Major
Mazure, Louis Alexander, Capt, (1941-1944) A23 AAF MOS 1092 Captain
Jewell, Kenneth Grant, Maj A23 AAF MOS 1024 First Lieutenant
Winger, George W., 1st Lt, (1942-1943) A23 AAF MOS 1092 First Lieutenant
Lawrence, Walter, TSgt, (1941-1945) A07 AAF MOS 748 Technical Sergeant
Davis, Harold, SSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Stubbs, Erskine Horace, MSgt, (1942-1963) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Gotts, Howard Frederick, Sgt, (1941-1943) A25 AAF MOS 760 Sergeant
McCoy, Richard J., SSgt, (1942-1944) A07 AAF MOS 737 Sergeant
McKee, Herschel Jessup, Lt Col, (1917-1958) A08 Captain
Stanton, Arthur, 1st Lt, (1942-1946) A08 First Lieutenant
Stanton, Arthur, 1st Lt, (1942-1946) A08 First Lieutenant
Gempel, Charles L., 1st Lt, (1942-1944) First Lieutenant

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