Eric Manley Buzza Jr

Eric Buzza
Eric Buzza
Recent Address: 4800 Brittany Dr., So. Villa #4, St. Petersburg, FL 33715-1581
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Family Info: 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: 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: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 OLC, Presidential Unit Citation with 3 OLC, CBI Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, Chinese Cross
Service Schools:
MOS: 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)
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Date Transferred from the 58th: November 1, 1945
Date Discharged: June 1, 1972
Post WWII 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 About the 58th: 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.

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