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Buckely Crew
Replacement Crew

Standing L to R:
1st Joseph E. Buckley Airplane Commander
F/O Paul D. Johnson Pilot
1st Lt Russell W. Myers Radar Observer
2nd Lt Howard A. Hawthorne Navigator
2nd Lt John F. Miller Bombardier
Kneeling L to R:
Sgt John K. Evans Radio Operator
S/Sgt John P. Haag Flight Engineer
Sgt Samuel G. Athey, Jr. Right Gunner
Sgt Clyde L. Rose Left Gunner
Sgt George L. Le Grand CFC Gunner
Sgt William B. Minor, Jr. Tail Gunner

Not Pictured:
F/O Fred N. Dunn Replacement Flight Engineer (mid-July)

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Crew 52R
Honor Roll 
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F/O Paul D. Johnson
Pilot
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2nd Lt John F. Miller
Bombarder
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Sgt Clyde L. Rose
Left Gunner
21 March 1960
S/Sgt John P. Haag
Flight Enginner
March 1977
Sgt Samuel G. Athey, Jr.
Right Gunner
June 1984
Sgt John K. Evans
Radio Operator
5 May 1996
Sgt William B. Minor
Tail Gunner
3 March 2001
1st Lt Joseph E. Buckley
Airplane Commander
5 May 2001
Sgt George L. LeGrand
CFC Gunner
30 May 2003
F/O Fred N. Dunn
Replacement Flight Engineer
20 February 2005

28 January 2004:
Howard Hawthorne, Navigator contacted us with updated information about his crew. This is very exciting as he is the only contact for this crew and another 39ther that has been found - or in this case found us (the 39th BG Assoc). Updates: Added Missions, corrected rank, and positions; it has been determined from Hawthorne's Record of Combat Duty that the "Buckley Crew" was Crew 52 - making them the replacement crew for Paquette's Crew.

13 September 2003:
Per General Order 29 dated 11 August 1945, all of the crew except for Haag and Minor were awarded the Air Medal from 7 July to 24 July 1945 - note: Haag and Minor may have awarded the Air Medal under another order not obtained yet. Thanks to the Athey Family for providing the above mentioned order.


31 July, 2003:

David Athey, son of Samuel G. Athey, Jr. RG, contacted our site regarding his father and this crew. He related that the Buckley Crew returned to California in preparation for lead crew training and during that time the ABomb was dropped - thus they never returned to Guam... more information to follow.

Anyone with information about this crew, please email: updates@39th.org

62nd Sqduadron Index
Source: AAF Accident Report, Dave & Chris Athely