Davis, James Buford

Individual Personnel Data
Name Davis, James Buford
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-769104
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #148 dated 26 July 1944, effective 26 July 1944.
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 11 December 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Graduated from Bombardier School at Roswell AAF, Roswell, New Mexico, Class #44-05, 21 April 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Jung, Howard ArnoldPilotKIFA
2nd Lt. Vranna, James AllanCo-pilotWNC
2nd Lt. Bates, Thomas CooperNavigatorKIFA
2nd Lt. Davis, James BufordBombardierCT
S/SGT. Wolters, Herman JohnRadio Operator / GunnerTR
S/SGT. Perry, Harold LloydEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIFA
SGT. Laursen, Harold JamesBall Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Creasy, Roland EstesFlexible GunnerTR
SGT. Peters, William FFlexible GunnerTR
SGT. Walker, James D, JrFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 34 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
176 9 August 1944 Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Bombardier 44‑6149 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Bombardier 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Bombardier 42‑38013 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Bombardier 43‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Bombardier 43‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38213 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf & Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
B Squadron.
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, high group.
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 44‑6476 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back with a runaway prop on #4 engine.
Sortie Report
204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
207 7 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Bombardier 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Bombardier 44‑6512 Combat Mission Credit
Third Squadron.
Sortie Report
212 17 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
214 19 October 1944 Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Bombardier 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
221 6 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Bombardier 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
223 9 November 1944 Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
224 10 November 1944 Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
41D Squadron.
Sortie Report
225 11 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Bombardier 42‑98000 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Low Squadron
Sortie Report
230 26 November 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenbeken, Germany
Bombardier 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
231 27 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Bombardier 44‑6141 Combat Mission Credit
Flew entire mission but could not drop bombs: bomb bay doors would not open either electrically or manually. Bomb load returned to base.
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Bombardier 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
235 4 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Bombardier 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report

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