U.S. Army Air Force Technical Sergeant
Freeman, South Dakota
April 12, 1915 -September 15, 1943
Killed in Plane Crash in Prestwick, Scotland
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.
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.
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