BUSCHMAN, WILLIAM WALTER, Major, # 0-908487, USAAF
William W. Buschman was born on 23 April 1901 in Warrentown, Missouri to Henry H. Buschman (1865-1939) and Minnie C. (Hollmann) Buschman (1872- . Siblings included Esther Caroline (Buschman) Hefner (1896-1989) (also a teacher), Alfred August Buschman (1898-1978), Lawrence Henry Buschman (1905-1983), and Dorothea F. Buschman (1908-1997). He played basketball, football for Central Wesleyan College, Warrentown, Missouri, in 1921. In 1930 he is a public school teacher in Dallas, Texas. In 1942, he was married - Janice Buschman, wife, 817 W. Prairie St, Denton, Texas.
He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942 in Dallas, Texas, while working for the Dallas Board of Education. He described himself as 6’1”, 204 lbs, with brown hair and eyes.
He was assigned to the Headquarters, 312th Fighter Wing. The 312th Fighter Wing was activated under 14th Air Force on 13 March 1944 at Chengtu, China, and deactivated 5 November 1945. Under the 312th Fighter Wing were the 33rd Fighter Group, 81st Fighter Group, and 311th Fighter Group. On 23 August 1944, C-47A, # 43-15381, assigned to 14th Air Force, 14th Transport Squadron, departed the airfield at Cho Lum Pao, China, on a combat cargo mission to the airfield at Kunming, China. The last contact was by radio with radio station NQ-4. The C-47A crashed into mountains in northeast Yunan Province, near Yankai, China, enroute to Kunming from Peishiyi, China. Weather bad; flying IFR. Wreckage found by Chinese soldiers who reported all aboard were dead. His remains were recovered from China and buried in the National Mamorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 17 November 1949 (Sec. P, Site 994).
His brother, Lawrence H. Buschman, born 29 July 1905, served in the U.S. Coast Guard, and was a Chief Petty Officer, from 20 June 1942 to 13 September 1945.