It encountered icing conditions and climbed. It crashed soon afterwards. Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen said that at about 1800 hours, 7 December 1944, a loud explosion was heard and there was a fire atop Mt. Hawo. On 8 December, the villagers climbed to the South side of Mt. Hawo, where the crash site was on an almost vertical side. They reached the wreckage after a climb on 10 December at 1200 hours. Found part of tail section that was olive drab. The wreckage burned after the crash. They found the bombardiers manual in a tree. Ten bodies were found and buried there. The bombardier’s manual had name: 1stLt Bugher, John A. (spelling blurred). He was a crewman of 42-6389. The loading list included 1stLt Calvin L. Lyons, 1stLt Waldo R. Schneider, 1stLt James W. Smith, 1stLt John A. Bugher, 2ndLt Lawrence Syresma, SSgt Newman Borhart, SSgt Joseph Micchiche, SSgt William R. Jackson, SSgt Sisto A. Algieri, SSgt Laurence A. Fink and SSgt Russell W. Peters. After recovery of his remains from China, he was buried in the Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas, in 1948. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Waldo Schneider, Manhattan H.S. - 1936

BUCHER, JOHN AUGUST, First Lieutenant, # 0-739399, USAAF

 

John A. Bucher was born on 30 December 1920 in Virginia to Gehbard Bucher (1883-1964) and Malvina E. (Wessel) Bucher (1893-1983). Siblings included Martha E. (Bucher) Tucker (1916-2016), Frank Gehbard Bucher (1918-1997), Annie Mary Bucher (1923-1990), Theresa Malvina Bucher (1927-    ), Alfred Frederick Bucher (1928-1988), Joseph James Bucher (1930-1996), and Helen Louise Bucher (1933-1997).

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1942, and described himself as 5’6”, 145 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Richmond, Virginia, on 6 March 1942. He was trained as a bombardier for the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, “Party Girl,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the steel works at Mukden, Manchuria. 2ndLt Sybesma was the co-pilot. B-29 42-6389 bombed its target and was on the return leg of its flight to the airfield near Nancheng, about 1 ½ hours out of Pengshan. The formation leader advised 42-6389 to descend and the B-29 was last seen making a 180º turn to its left to begin the descent procedure. It encountered icing conditions and climbed. It crashed soon afterwards. Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen said that at about 1800 hours, 7 December 1944, a loud explosion was heard and there was a fire atop Mt. Hawo. On 8 December, the villagers climbed to the South side of Mt. Hawo, where the crash site was on an almost vertical side. They reached the wreckage after a climb on 10 December at 1200 hours. Found part of tail section that was olive drab. The wreckage burned after the crash. They found the bombardiers manual in a tree. Ten bodies were found and buried there. The bombardier’s manual had name: 1stLt Bugher, John A. (spelling blurred). He was a crewman of 42-6389. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.