New York, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 2, 1944|
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Staff Sergeant Herman W. Buck, Army serial number 12143946, was born at Queens, New York, in 1920. His parents were Claus F. 'Charles' Buck (2 Mar 1880 – abt 1925), who was born at Wohlenbeck, Börde Lamstedt, Germany, and immigrated to America about 1904; and Margaretha 'Gretchen' (Muller) Buck (abt 1890 – unk), who was born at Breitenloe, Donau-Ries, Bayern, Germany, and immigrated to America about 1894. He had a brother, Frederick John Buck (6 Dec 1918 – Mar 1993). His mother's sister, Katherine D. Muller (abt 1894 – unk), was single and lived with the family from about 1920 to 1930. Herman Buck completed at least three years of high school, and worked as an office clerk. He was single, without dependents, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at New York City, New York, on September 19, 1942. His home of record was 83-08 94th Street, Woodhaven, Queens County, New York.
He completed Army Air Forces aerial gunnery school, and was assigned to the heavy bomber crew of Lt James A. Logan in the 836th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group. This Group was based at Army Air Forces Station 137, near the village of Lavenham, Suffolk, England, and was part of the 8th U.S. Army Air Force in Europe.
Here is the roster of the James A. Logan crew on July 2, 1944:
B-24H 42-52609 - 836th Bomb Squadron
• Logan, James A - 2/Lt - Pilot - KIA
• Matika, Bruno - 2/Lt - Pilot - KIA
• Doran, Harry L - 2/Lt - Navigator - POW
• Greer, George H - T/Sgt - Engineer - POW
• Johnson, William T - S/Sgt - Radio Operator - KIA
• Pellizzer, Louis - S/Sgt - Nose Turret Gunner - KIA
• Wilson, Max W - S/Sgt - Upper Turret Gunner - KIA
• Buck, Herman W - S/Sgt - Ball Turret Gunner - KIA
• Ross, John F - S/Sgt - Tail Turret Gunner - POW
On July 2, 1944, the 487th Bomb Group dispatched two squadrons of B-24s to bomb the German V-weapon site near Belloy-sur-Somme, France. The Logan crew flew B-24H 42-52609 on this mission. On the return route, S/Sgt Buck and five of his crew mates were killed in action when their aircraft was shot down by flak in the area of Bethune-St. Pol, France. The aircraft went down in flames and crashed 3.5 kilometers west of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise. Three men survived and became prisoners of war.
S/Sgt Buck was buried initially at Evreux, France. After the war, his remains were reinterred at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. He is buried in Plot A, Row 15, Grave 39. There is another photo of his grave posted on the 487th Bomb Group website.
1. 487th Bomb Group Association
2. 1920 US Census; New York; Queens. Buck, Charles F. Jan 1920 (father of Herman W. Buck)
3. 1930 US Census; New York; Queens. Buck, Margaret. Apr 1930 (mother of Herman W. Buck)
4. 1940 US Census; New York; Queens; 83-08 94th Street. Buck, Margaret. 2 Apr 1940 (mother of Heman W. Buck)
5. Claus (Charles) F. Buck in Buck Family Tree at ancestry.com
6. de Jong, Ivo. The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H). Paducah KY: Turner Publishing, Oct 2004
7. Enlistment Record of Herman W. Buck
8. U.S. Army Air Forces Missing Air Crew Report 6770
9. U.S. War Department. World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel. Washington, D.C., June 1946
Secretary, 487th Bomb Group Association
Find A Grave member ID 47577572
HERMAN W. BUCK
S SGT 836 BOMB SQ 487 BOMB GP (H)
NEW YORK JULY 2 1944
Note: Entered the service from New York.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement du Calvados
Maintained by: Paul Webber
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56642780