Buschko, Joseph J., 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
1943-1944, AAF MOS 755, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Cerignola, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Aircrew Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 755, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 755, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 755, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Joseph J. Buschko was born in Pennsylvania in 1921, according to his NARA enlistment papers. No census data or parentage has been located. His next of kin declaration lists his mother, Mary of Pennsylvania.

He was drafted and inducted into the military service on July 21, 1942 at Fort Jay, New York. His enlistment forms state he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a waiter.

He received training as a radio operator and was assigned to a unit located in North Africa. According to awarding of Air Medal traditions of the time, he completed at least 40 missions.

On January 21, 1944, he was assigned along with a crew to bomb the airdrome located at Salon De Provence, France. En route to the target area, the aircraft's #3 engine began smoking. The pilot dropped out of formation, and German fighters, sensing this as a straggler, attacked.

Machine gun and cannon fire hits seemed to register, and the aircraft, seemingly under control, began a slow, sweeping spiral until it ditched in the sea, some 20 miles south of Toulon, France. The crew was later seen in life rafts, on a course toward Marseilles, France, but were never seen again.

At first listed as Missing in Action, later the crew was declared dead. No remains were recovered, and all are remembered in various cemeteries.
TSgt Buschko is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. There is also a memory stone for him in the Nanty Glo Cemetery in Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania.

NARA Enlistment Records


TSgt Joseph J. Buschko was the assigned radio operator on B-17F # 42-30472, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1952 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists omits the name of one crew member, but with the MACR, identifies the crew as:

2 Lt Howard W. Ryan  p
2 Lt Paul C. Peters  c-p
1 Lt Alvin P. Goldstein  nav
2 Lt Baldwin J. Krober  bomb
TSgt Kenneth E. Canady  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joseph J. Buschko  r/o
Sgt  Richard L. Chelminiak  btg
SSgt Harley A. Kelly  wg
SSgt James T. McBride  tail gunner

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

TSgt Canady is omitted from the loading list in 301st Bomb Group records.

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