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TSgt Anton J Budgen

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TSgt Anton J Budgen

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death
1 Mar 1943 (aged 26–27)
Burial
Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot
Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID
56245924 View Source

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until March 2, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Anton served as a Technical Sergeant on B-24 #41-23789 “Thunder Bird”, 415th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in La Salle County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 13, 1941, prior to the war, in Peoria, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Office Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

This B-24 took off, with a crew of 9, from Libya on a bombing mission over Naples, Italy. After a successful bombing run they sent out a distress message noting that they had lost 2 engines & a tail rudder. They never were seen nor heard from again and are assumed to have crashed into the sea. The entire crew was lost.

Anton was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 16019863

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Airmen who were lost on this B-24:

Anders, Virgil M. ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MS
Brazier, Lyle E. ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, MN
Budgen, Anton J. ~ T/Sgt, IL
Fike, David, Jr. ~ Pvt, MD
Sullivan, David L. ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MA
Van Winkle, William E. ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IA
Wells, Oscar D., Sr. ~ S/Sgt, CA
Williams, George J. ~ T/Sgt, MI
Winchell, Lyle S. ~ S/Sgt, WA

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until March 2, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Anton served as a Technical Sergeant on B-24 #41-23789 “Thunder Bird”, 415th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in La Salle County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 13, 1941, prior to the war, in Peoria, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Office Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

This B-24 took off, with a crew of 9, from Libya on a bombing mission over Naples, Italy. After a successful bombing run they sent out a distress message noting that they had lost 2 engines & a tail rudder. They never were seen nor heard from again and are assumed to have crashed into the sea. The entire crew was lost.

Anton was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 16019863

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Airmen who were lost on this B-24:

Anders, Virgil M. ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MS
Brazier, Lyle E. ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, MN
Budgen, Anton J. ~ T/Sgt, IL
Fike, David, Jr. ~ Pvt, MD
Sullivan, David L. ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MA
Van Winkle, William E. ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IA
Wells, Oscar D., Sr. ~ S/Sgt, CA
Williams, George J. ~ T/Sgt, MI
Winchell, Lyle S. ~ S/Sgt, WA

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56245924
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56245924/anton-j-budgen: accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Anton J Budgen (1916–1 Mar 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56245924, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Burial Details Unknown.