BUCKLEY, FRED PERRY, Private First Class, # 17175674, USAAF

 

Fred P. Buckley was born on 29 July 1923 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Ephriam Buckley (1884-1973) and Frances Ruth (Oswalt) Buckley (1889-    ), Siblings were Neva May (Buckley) Clugston (1911-1991), and Charles Easton Buckley (1915-2007). His father owned a poultry store in 1930 and was a machinist in 1940.

 

He registered for the WWII draft, employed by the Pearl Drug Store, resided at 505 E. Spruce, Garden City, Finney Co., Kansas, and described himself as 5’6 ½”, 143 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on 10 December 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radar on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40831, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow, for a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan (Formosa). This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the Sea of Takao. All crewmen were killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Crew remains were recovered in late 1990s from a 7,000 foot altitude Kitten Mountain the Guangxi Region, China, and were buried in a group ceremony and burial on 21 August 2000 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 60, Grave 7927). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.