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Donald A. Buck
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1919
South Dakota, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 1944, Austria

Denton Record Chronicle
Denton, Texas
Mon. Feb. 27, 1950
Pg. 2

Reburial Set For Capt. Buck
Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Buck, 910 Boliver [Denton, Texas], that the body of their son, Capt. Donald A. Buck, is enroute to the United States for reburial.

Capt. Buck's body and the remains of many members of his squadron will be buried at group burial services in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at Jefferson, Barracks, Mo.

Capt. Buck was a member of the 720th Bomb Squadron, 450th Bomb Group operating out of Italy at the time he was shot down over Austria, April 2, 1944.

He was born, March 30, 1919, in Watertown, S. D., and the family moved to Denton when he was five years old. He attended high school here and spent two years at North Texas State College before his enlistment. He married Miss Frances Gibbons in Stockton, Calif. They have one daughter.

Survivors include his wife, one daughter, his parents, one brother, Richard Buck of Denton; and one sister, Mrs. Joe Bagget of Denton.
Pilot Captain Donald A. Buck KIA
Hometown Texas.
Squadron: 720th BS, 450th Bomb Group,
Service # O-431849
Awards Air medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart.

Target: Steyr Austria
mission: 2-Apr-44
Serial Number: 42-73426
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:

Killed in action with the 720 Squadron 450 BG based in Italy. This crew piloted by Captain Donald a. Buck. It is unclear how and why Mccaughey, Hammond, Cilli, Wessel, became members of the 450 BG.

The crew of 42-73426
Captain Donald A. Buck Pilot KIA
1Lt. Nicholas G. Cilli Co Pilot KIA
1/Lt. James S. Gover Navigator KIA
2/Lt. Frank B. Kelly Bombardier KIA
T/Sgt. Roy D. Hammond Engineer KIA
TSgt. Archie Walker Radio op. KIA
SSgt. Ralph C. Wessel, Gunner KIA
SSgt.Charles B. McCaughey Gunner KIA
SSgt. John J. Verbitski Gunner POW
SSgt. Harold L. Pace Gunner POW
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: Eric Kreft
Record added: Nov 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31045408
Donald A. Buck
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Donald A. Buck
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Donald A. Buck
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