His brother, Joseph F. Buzanowski, born 14 May 1911, served in the U.S. Army from 13 October 1943 to 18 January 1946. He died 18 June 1994 and is buried in Saint Johns Cemetery, Menasha, Wisconsin.

 

His brother, Anton F. Buzanowski Jr., born 13 September 1912, served in the U.S. Army from 28 October 1942 to 14 November 1945. He died 20 February 1996 and is buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin.

NEITZEL, GORDON M., Sergeant, # 16156613, USAAF

 

Gordon M. Neitzel was born on 16 April 1924 in Wisconsin to Adolph W. Neitzel (1898-1971) and Enga L. Neitzel (1896-1950). Siblings included Eileen L. Neitzel (1926-    ) and June Neitzel (1933- ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 10 December 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radar equipment on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman wings. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6262, named “Round Trip Ticket,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Duchkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kwanghan, China, on a combat mission, to Mukden, Manchuria. It was last sighted at 0330 Zulu at about 38º North, 118º East, after being attacked by an enemy fighter, dropping out of formation, and losing altitude until others in the formation could no longer see the aircraft. The crew was killed in the subsequent crash. After his remains were recovered, he was buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 24 January 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 136). He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously.

BACH, ROGER F., Corporal, # 36881536, USAAF

 

Roger F. Bach was born on 27 May 1920 in Michigan to John Bach (1888-1970) (Germany) and Linda (Bossert) Bach (1889-1954) (OH). His brother was Walter John Bach (1922-2017). In 1942 his father worked for Schmidt Brewing, Detroit.

 

After enlisting, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machiguns on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman wings. On his first combat mission, he served as senior gunner and manned the fire control system in the center compartment of the B-29. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6262, named “Round Trip Ticket,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Duchkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kwanghan, China, on a combat mission, to Mukden, Manchuria. It was last sighted at 0330 Zulu at about 38º North, 118º East, after being attacked by an enemy fighter, dropping out of formation, and losing altitude until others in the formation could no longer see the aircraft. The crew was killed in the subsequent crash. After his remains were recovered, he was buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 17February 1949 (Sec. O, Grave 213). He was awarded the Purple Heart.