W. John Buzza

Unknown - 2004 (Approximate)

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438 Squadron

John joined the RCAF in 1939 and completed a tour in Bomber Command as an air gunner. He was from Hamilton, Ontario. He returned to Canada for pilot training, returning overseas to complete part of a tour on Typhoons before the war ended. 438 Squadron historian, Frank Dutil commented, "Buzza did not earn the DFC. The newspaper article is in error."

S/L W. J. Buzza was the O/C for 422(F) Squadron from January 1, 1953 to June 7, 1955.

In February 1954, Buzza, aged 32, was in a Beechcraft that had crash landed 150 yards off the Italian Riviera coast with four other airmen aboard. They had taken to emergency rubber rafts. A fishing boat assisted them and the Italian Navy salvaged the aircraft. The plane was en route from Gibralter to France when a faulty radio sent it off course and it ran out of fuel.

W/C W.J. Buzza took command of 416 AW(F) Squadron in St. Hubert, Quebec, February to December 1960. He assumed command of 423 AW(F) Squadron on 2 August, 1961 until May 1962 in Grostenquin, France.

He was married to K. Ruth. They had two children and five grandchildren. He died at the age of 81 in June 2004 of cancer.

Farm Boy to Fly Boy by Col[Ret] G. Brennand, 2017. Friesen Press. There is reference to Buzza in this book.