Pilot Officer John Donald “Buck” Buchanan

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Pilot Officer John Donald “Buck” Buchanan Veteran

Birth
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death
27 Jul 1944 (aged 22)
Tilly-la-Campagne, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial
Ranville, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Add to Map
Plot
V. F. 4.
Memorial ID
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John Donald Buchanan was killed flying Typhoon MN494 on July 27, 1944 in the vicinity of Tilly-la-Campagne. On July 29, 1944, 609 Squadron Leader wrote, "P/O Buchanan as Raven Red Leader was given a target by 'Corker' control but owing to prevailing weather conditions was unable to go into the attack. The section did an orbit of the Caen area and then Red Leader set off to go east of the rainstorm covering the target area. At the front line flak encountered whilst the section was flying at approximately 2500 feet, Red 1 broke left followed by Red 3 (F/Sgt Adam) and Red 4 (W/O Bavington). Red 2 (F/Sgt Price) broke right and down and was last seen disappearing into the rainstorm. Red 1 called up Red 2 on two occasions but received no answer. The section then return to the Caen area and proceeded down the west side of the rainstorm which was still covering the target area. Flak was again encountered and Red 3 was hit in the tailplane, broke right and returned to base. Red 1 and Red 4 orbited the Caen area before setting off for the target area. When reaching the target area (700 yards south west of Tilly-la-Campagne) Red 1 called up and said he was going to attack. Height of cloud base at the time was 2500'. Red 1 made his attack and as Red 4 followed to make his attack, he saw him flying low over the target. Red 1 broke steeply to the right and vapour trails were seen from his wing-tips. Almost immediately, the aircraft flicked over on its back at approximately 150-200 feet crashing in flames about 400-500 yards from the target. Flak was not seen during the attack and after completing his attack on the target, Red 4 broke and returned to base. Red 4 does not think that Red 1 was hit by flak for there was no fire until the aircraft exploded on the ground."
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023364

https://www.thetyphoonproject.org/raf/John%20Donal-Buchanan.html

John Donald Buchanan was killed flying Typhoon MN494 on July 27, 1944 in the vicinity of Tilly-la-Campagne. On July 29, 1944, 609 Squadron Leader wrote, "P/O Buchanan as Raven Red Leader was given a target by 'Corker' control but owing to prevailing weather conditions was unable to go into the attack. The section did an orbit of the Caen area and then Red Leader set off to go east of the rainstorm covering the target area. At the front line flak encountered whilst the section was flying at approximately 2500 feet, Red 1 broke left followed by Red 3 (F/Sgt Adam) and Red 4 (W/O Bavington). Red 2 (F/Sgt Price) broke right and down and was last seen disappearing into the rainstorm. Red 1 called up Red 2 on two occasions but received no answer. The section then return to the Caen area and proceeded down the west side of the rainstorm which was still covering the target area. Flak was again encountered and Red 3 was hit in the tailplane, broke right and returned to base. Red 1 and Red 4 orbited the Caen area before setting off for the target area. When reaching the target area (700 yards south west of Tilly-la-Campagne) Red 1 called up and said he was going to attack. Height of cloud base at the time was 2500'. Red 1 made his attack and as Red 4 followed to make his attack, he saw him flying low over the target. Red 1 broke steeply to the right and vapour trails were seen from his wing-tips. Almost immediately, the aircraft flicked over on its back at approximately 150-200 feet crashing in flames about 400-500 yards from the target. Flak was not seen during the attack and after completing his attack on the target, Red 4 broke and returned to base. Red 4 does not think that Red 1 was hit by flak for there was no fire until the aircraft exploded on the ground."

Inscription

HE LOVED HONOUR AND FEARED NOT DEATH

Gravesite Details

Pilot Officer, 609 (R.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. Son of Robert Russell Buchanan and Onadell Buchanan, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Age: 22.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56095647/john_donald-buchanan: accessed ), memorial page for Pilot Officer John Donald “Buck” Buchanan (8 Apr 1922–27 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56095647, citing Ranville War Cemetery, Ranville, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France; Maintained by Frogman (contributor 47380828).