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John M Buston

Military

Assigned to 365FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) combat mission to Argentan in P-47D 42-25847. Hit by flak, engine afire, baled out. Evaded capture (EVD) 26-Jul-44. MACR 8576.
Escaped capture by hiding in a wooded area and receiving help from French farmers, and a young Belgium boy.

Awards: DFC, AM(13OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 365th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • High Halden

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943 with temporary runways and buildings. High Halden was then used as a Ninth Air Force Advanced Landing Ground, before being occupied by the 358th Fighter Group in 1944.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tazewell, VA, USA 24 June 1915
Pilot training 1601 W Fox Dr, Enid, OK 73703, USA 1942

Initial Flight Training - Enid, Oklahoma.

Pilot training Lake Charles, LA, USA 1942

Basic Flight Training - Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Enlisted Charleston, WV, USA 7 April 1942
Pilot training East St Louis, IL, USA June 1942

Flight school - Parks Air College, East St Louis, Illinois.

Pilot training Air Base Rd, Goliad, TX 77963, USA 1943 – February 1943

Advanced Flight Training - Aloe AFB, Victoria, Texas, commissioned in February, 1943.

Based High Halden 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 365FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF.

Baled out / evaded (EVD) 61200 Argentan, France 26 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) combat mission to Argentan in P-47D 42-25847. Hit by flak, engine afire, baled out. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 8576.

Died 29 June 1990

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2017 15:05:36 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28676930
https://www.fold3.com/page/23868428_john_m%20buston/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84221013_john_m%20buston/details/
http://p-47.database.pagesperso-orange.fr/Database/MACR.htm
http://p47pilots.com/P47-Pilots.cfm?c=incP47BiographyHome.cfm&vm=BIO&pil...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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