New England Air Museum
Eric Manley Buzza Jr

 

Current Address:

4800 Brittany Dr., So. Villa #4, St. Petersburg, FL 33715-1581

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Bert and Elsie; Wife: Muriel; Children: Eric M. Jr., Sandra; Sibling: Gordon

Hometown:

Brownville Jct., ME

Date Entered Service:

August 26, 1942

Service Number:

O-782919

Bomb Group:

40th

Squadron:

45th

Location of Unit:

Chakulia, India (November, 1944)

Missions Flown:

30 (both day and night)

Hump Missions Flown:

6

Targets:

Bangkok(2), Rangoon, Singapore (3), Ceylon, Nagoya (2), Yokahama, Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokyo, Kure, Oshimo, Osaka, Kagamigahara, Okayama, Chiba, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu, Fukuyama, Hakari

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 OLC, Presidential Unit Citation with 3 OLC, CBI Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, Chinese Cross

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

Bombardier/Navigator

Rank Upon Discharge:

Lt. Colonel

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6298 Katie, 42-24738 Honeywell Honey, 42-24739 (unnamed)

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

November 1, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

June 1, 1972

Post-WWII Military Service:

Reserves Troop Carrier Hanscom Field, MA
Reserves Worcester, MA
Liaison Officer for Air Force Academy, Manchester, NH
Liaison Officer Coordinator Air Force Academy

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Insurance Agent Prudential Ins. Co. Bangor, ME
Insurance Supervisor Travelers Ins., Worcester, MA
Insurance Manager Hartford Life, Manchester, NH
General Agent Lincoln National Life, Manchester, NH
Associate G.A. Aetna Life Ins. Co. Manchester, NH
Ins. Agent Account Exec. St. Petersburg, FL

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I was happy to be able to contribute to the war effort. Like most of us at that time I felt patriotic and felt that we had a job to do.

Comments:

Lt. Col. Buzza passed away October 29, 2011 and is buried at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

Eric Buzza


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