MISSING IN ACTION
August 1944 to November 1951

Direct Wire from Western Union to:
Gladys Putman Buxton
5709 Arnsby Place
PD Gov Washington DC
August 28, 1944

The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son, Second Lt. John M. Buxton has been reported missing in action since 16 August over Germany. If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified.

J.A. Ulio, Adj. Gen.

 Click here to read a letter sent to Jack's mother from the mother of John Burkhead, the Ball Turret Gunner. Click here to read a reply to this letter.

 Click here to download the Individual Deceased Personnel File sent from the Department of the Army on Jack Buxton.

Information on Mission 139 - Jack's last mission:
366 B-24's are dispatched to hit the aviation industry at Dessau (99), Kothen (71) and Magdeburg/Neustadt (67) and the oil industry at Magdeburg/Rothensee: 2 others hit targets of opportunity; 7 B-24's are lost and 173 damaged; 5 airmen are WIA and 66 MIA. Escort is provided by 156 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 12-0-0 aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA). Mission 557: 8 of 8 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

The Magdeburg run was the one Jack was assigned to. He had 66 other bombers "at his side."