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Biography of Roscoe Elonzo "Buddy" Wilson

Mt. Peak, Texas

Buddy Wilson was a tech sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps. He served in the 862nd Bomb Squadron, 493rd Bomb Group in England. He was a radio operator on a B-24 Liberator bomber. In the invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944 before sunrise at 0458 and moonset at 0501, a full moon would rise at 2038 on the 6th, two allied bombers collided in mid-air. Buddy Wilson was in one of those bombers, and perished with the entire crew of the B-24 over the English Channel. 

He was the son of Rev. Robert Elonzo Wilson of Waxahachie. He had been reared in Mt. Peak community, and lived near Milford before joining the Army. A cenotaph monument stands in Mt. Peak Cemetery on the family lot in his honor. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal. His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James, France and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.   

Buddy Wilson is front row center. This was the B-24 Liberator and crew in which he served as radio operator, and perished with on D-day over the English Channel.


Day of Days: June 6, 1944


The picture and bio information are courtesy of Perry Giles, Giles Monument Company, Waxahachie, Texas.


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