In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Force Technical Sergeant
Edwin Newton Busch
Freeman, South Dakota
Hutchinson County
April 12, 1915 -September 15, 1943
Killed in Plane Crash in Prestwick, Scotland

Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota in WWII

Edwin N. Busch was born April 12, 1915, in Waverly, Illinois, to George and Nellie Busch. His mother died when he was just a toddler. Edwin came to South Dakota as   a teacher and coach. Edwin married Florinda Elizabeth Kautz on June 1, 1941, at Freeman, South Dakota.

On July 13, 1942, Edwin N. Busch entered active service at Fort Crook, Nebraska. After his training, Edwin became a Technical Sergeant with the U.S. Army Eighth Air Force and served as an engineer-gunner. On September 15, 1943, T/Sgt. Edwin Busch was aboard a bomber that “hit a huge rock upon landing at a field in Scotland. Fog and false altimeter setting caused the accident,” according to the Daily Republic. Only a single crewmember survived the initial accident, and he died a few hours later without ever regaining consciousness.

Although initially buried in the Brookwood Cemetery outside of London, after the war his remains were permanently laid to rest at Plot F, Row 3, Grave 60, at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England.

Edwin N. Busch was a great soldier. He gave his life for his country. We will always remember him as a great soldier who sacrificed his life for the United States.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Karie Gundrum, Bethanie Iverson, and Brittany Maag, 7th Grade, Tripp-Delmont School, Tripp, South Dakota, March 28, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Bertha Stark, and Alfred Kleinsasser, Freeman, South Dakota 57029