Otto A. Buddenbaum was born on August 29, 1918, in Kevil, Kentucky. He served in the 368th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy, as a First Lieutenant and Pilot on the B-17 #41-24514 during World War II.
On March 8, 1943, at 11:45 AM, his crew took off from Station 111 airfield in Thurleigh, England, on a mission to bomb the marshaling yard at Rennes, France. And at 2:30 PM, their plane was shot down by an Fw190 fighter. The crew evacuated from the airplane by parachute, but 1Lt Buddenbaum was killed on his jump when his parachute did not open due to too low altitude. He was the only casualty in the crew.
1Lt Buddenbaum is now buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA.
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