The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. J A Buck
James Alan Buck from Chorltonville, Manchester was born in July 1916, the youngest of five sons of a minister in the Catholic Apostolic Church, who had previously been a stockbrokers clerk.
JA Buck joined the RAFVR in October 1938, as an Airman u/t Pilot.
Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and then joined 43 Squadron at Acklington on 5th February 1940.
Above: 43 Squadron in Scotland
L to R: Sgt. JA Buck, P/O A Woods-Scawen, F/Lt. CB Hull, F/O Wilkinson, Sgt. GA Garton
On patrol over France on 7th June he landed at Rouen-Boos with a burst tyre but he returned to Tangmere the next day.
On 7th July he shared a Do17.
On the 19th Buck was shot down in combat with Me109's of III/JG27 off Selsey. He baled out, wounded, but drowned. His Hurricane, P3531, crashed into the sea.
Buck was 24. He is buried in Stretford Cemetery, Lancashire.
His brother, F/Lt. HA Buck, a pilot, died in the crash of a Hudson on 27th April 1945, aged 31. He is also buried in Stretford Cemetery.