New England Air Museum
Eric Manley Buzza Jr


Current Address:

4800 Brittany Dr., So. Villa #4, St. Petersburg, FL 33715-1581



Family Information:

Parents: Bert and Elsie; Wife: Muriel; Children: Eric M. Jr., Sandra; Sibling: Gordon


Brownville Jct., ME

Date Entered Service:

August 26, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Chakulia, India (November, 1944)

Missions Flown:

30 (both day and night)

Hump Missions Flown:



Bangkok(2), Rangoon, Singapore (3), Ceylon, Nagoya (2), Yokahama, Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokyo, Kure, Oshimo, Osaka, Kagamigahara, Okayama, Chiba, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu, Fukuyama, Hakari


Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 OLC, Presidential Unit Citation with 3 OLC, CBI Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, Chinese Cross

Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies):


Rank Upon Discharge:

Lt. Colonel

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6298 Katie, 42-24738 Honeywell Honey, 42-24739 (unnamed)

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

November 1, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

June 1, 1972

Post-WWII Military Service:

Reserves Troop Carrier Hanscom Field, MA
Reserves Worcester, MA
Liaison Officer for Air Force Academy, Manchester, NH
Liaison Officer Coordinator Air Force Academy

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Insurance Agent Prudential Ins. Co. Bangor, ME
Insurance Supervisor Travelers Ins., Worcester, MA
Insurance Manager Hartford Life, Manchester, NH
General Agent Lincoln National Life, Manchester, NH
Associate G.A. Aetna Life Ins. Co. Manchester, NH
Ins. Agent Account Exec. St. Petersburg, FL

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I was happy to be able to contribute to the war effort. Like most of us at that time I felt patriotic and felt that we had a job to do.


Lt. Col. Buzza passed away October 29, 2011 and is buried at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

Eric Buzza

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