|Tech Sergeant Robert Buchanan B-17 radio operator, standing second from left.|
Robert Bowers Buchanan never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 31, 1917 in Utah. His mother was also born in Utah while his father was born in Scotland. His father worked as a newspaper reporter and later a county clerk. Robert had two older brothers and an older sister. By 1940 Robert was working as a clerk, having completed one year of college while living with his parents.
He was inducted into the army on May 20, 1942. He was assigned to the Army Air Corp and served in the 334th Bombardment Squadron, 95th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force where he rose to the rank of tech sergeant. Sgt. Buchanan was a radio operator flying B-17s.
On January 29, 1944, the B-17 Lizbeth II, with Sgt. Buchanan as part of the crew, took off from their airbase in England for a major bombing mission totaling 863 bombers. The target was the industrial areas and railroad yards of Frankfurt. Lizbeth II sustain damaged from fighter attack during the mission. On the return leg it crash landed near Ghent, Belgium. Five of the crew survived but Sgt. Buchanan was not one of them.
|The crew of Lizbeth II|
His grave is at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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