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TSGT David A Bushfield

TSGT David A Bushfield

Birth
New York, USA
Death 28 Jul 1945 (aged 23)
Japan
Burial Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Plot G, 0, 4665
Memorial ID 445430 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Agnes Bushfield who resided in Rochester, New York.

David served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-24J "Taloa" #44-40716, 866th Bomber Squadron, 494th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on July 25, 1942 in Rochester, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Financial Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J "Taloa" #44-40716 took off with other B-24's from Yontan Airfield on Okinawa on a bombing mission to strike the Japanese Battleship Haruna docked in the Kure Harbor in Hiroshima Bay, Japan. Kure Habor was known by the Japanese as the Imperial Navy's Harbor.

Their bombing mission was successful and the Haruna was sunk in the harbor. B-24J #44-40716 was, however, hit multiple times by ground anti-aircraft flak and ended up crashing just north of Kure Harbor. Eyewitness saw at least two parachutes leaving the B-24 before it crashed.

Five of the crew members survived the crash and became POW's. They were Captain Marvin, 1st Lt. Flanagan, 2nd Lt. Johnson, S/Sgt Baumgartner and S/Sgt Molnar.

2nd Lt. Johnson was taken to the Tokyo POW Camp and survived the war. He was the only member of the crew that survived the war.

Capt. Marvin and 1st Lt. Flanagan both died on the day of the crash possibly from wounds received in the crash.

S/Sgt's Baumgartner & Molnar were taken to the Chugoku Military Police Headquarters Kempi Tai in Hiroshima. They both died on August 6, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

T/Sgt David A. Bushfield was "Killed In Action" in the above noted crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in the Jokohoma Cemetery No. 1, Japan and was later repatriated here on October 25, 1949.

Service # 32142771

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Airmen who perished from B-24J # 44-40716:

Allison, Charles R ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, IL
Baumgartner, Charles O ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, OH
Bushfield, David A ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Dubinsky, Joseph ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, PA
Falls, Lawrence A, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, DC
Flanagin, Rudolph C ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Kirkpatrick, Camillous F ~ S/Sgt, Nose Gunner, MS
Marvin, Donald F ~ Capt, Relief Pilot, OH
Molnar, Julius ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, MI
Piskor, Walter ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CT

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Survivor from B-24J # 44-40716:

Johnson, Robert C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, KS

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Note: B-24J "Lonesome Lady" #44-40680 also crashed during this bombing mission. For more on that crew see:

Neal, Ralph J ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, KY

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 445430
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT David A Bushfield (29 Jul 1921–28 Jul 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 445430, citing Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .