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Eugene Stanley Budzbanowski


Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Warnemunde in B-17 42-107076; Hit by flak, crashed into sea seven miles SE of Nykobing, near Boto, Denmark. 9-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3656

Awards: AM, PH.



  • Charles Miller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Vincent Sundstrom

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42107076. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107076

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/2/44; Presque Is 6/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 9/3/44; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Vince Sundstrom, Co-pilot: John Vlymen, ng-S/Sgt Manuel Weintraub, Bombardier: Alex Bruce, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Wisconsin, USA 16 June 1921
Enlisted Chicago, IL 1 October 1942

Chicago, Illinois.

Based Knettishall December 1943 – 9 April 1944

Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 7 miles SE of Nykobing, Denmark 9 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Warnemunde in B-17 42-107076; Hit by flak, crashed into sea. 9-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3656

Buried Wiek, Rugen, Germany 27 May 1944

Wieck Ruegen cemetery

Buried Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, IL 1948

Rock Island National Cemetery
Rock Island,
Rock Island County, IL
Plot E - 291


Date Contributor Update
08 July 2020 14:00:40 millebr Changes to middlename

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2019 16:39:01 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:26 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3656