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Steve Ferdinand Bugyie

Military

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.
Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40606.

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 51251

Bugyie states in 44th BG Roll of Honour that he was the regular assistant engineer with pilot Lt Jim Bunce and was flying as a spare gunner. He tells of his evasion for 4 days.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • James Bunce

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Stanley Olson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. 24 x combat missions. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40606 'Timb-A-H!'

    B-24 Liberator
    Richard A Larson crew flew this plane on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti mission, returning to Libya. Shot down by an Me 109G-6 flown by Uffz. Fritz Willinger of JG 3/12 on August 16, 43 near San Fele, Italy. 5 KIA, 5 POW MACR 2451

  • 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt with Olson crew; attacked by 5 Me-109's, bomb bay and one engine ablaze, A/C peeled off while still being pursued. After all the crew...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Exeland, Sawyer County, Wisconsin 30 May 1923

Son of Elie G amd Mary F Bugyie.

Enlisted Milwaukee. WI 30 September 1942

Milwaukee. Wisconsin

Based Shipdham 1943 – September 1943

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Benina September 1943 – 1 October 1943

Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa.

Baled out EVD North of Weiner Neustadt, Austria 1 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Evaded Capture (EVD) MACR 51251

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 5 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Died Naperville, IL 1 November 2007
Buried Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Will County, IL 4 November 2007

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Elwood, Will County, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 11:01:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2020 16:35:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29437512
https://www.fold3.com/image/654180632
https://www.fold3.com/record/42675394-steve-f-bugyie
https://www.fold3.com/record/84454490-steve-f-bugyie
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43089179/steve-f-bugyie

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 136-138, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 299; MACR 15251 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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