Skip to main content
Edit entry 

John William Buckley


Shotdown on 7/8/44 on mission to Vienna in B-17 #42-31813. A/C crashed near Varazdin, Yugo.
(Evaded, RTD). MACR 6866.


Units served with

  • 463rd Bomb Group

    463rd Bomb Group

    The 463rd BG entered combat on March 30, 1944. The target was the airdrome at Imoski, Yugoslavia. Thirty-nine planes dropped 117 tons of bombs from 20,000 feet. Although slight flak was encountered, all planes returned safely. The group flew a...

  • 774th Bomb Squadron

    774th Bomb Squadron

    Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to Second Air Force for training. Attached in late 1943 and early 1944 to Air University Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater...


  • 42-31813

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/12/43; Dallas 8/1/44; Lakeland 10/1/44; Assigned 774BS/463BG Celone 3/3/44; Missing in Action Vienna 8/7/44 with Freeland Dunker (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Lucas, Navigator: Leon Berkovsky, Bombardier: John Buckley, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Celone

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Evaded Varazdin, Yugoslavia 8 July 1944


Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 21:10:36 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added "Evaded" location per info in "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 21:04:13 jmoore43 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

See MACR 6866 at Fold3.