Air Force officer seeking acquaintances of WWII Flying Ace Buzz Wagner


Letter No. 320 | March 16, 2005

To Whom It May Concern:

I am an Air Force officer looking for information about Lt Col Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner. I was hoping you could post this notice on the Nanty Glo Forum.

I am researching the life and exploits of Lt Col Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner, the US Army Air Corps' first WWII ace, from the time he returned from the Pacific theater of operations in mid-1942 until his fatal aircraft accident on November 29, 1942. Specifically, I hope to correspond with friends, acquaintances, or relatives who can shed any light on his personal or professional endeavors during that time or can relay any personal impressions of the man. Much has been written about Buzz Wagner's wartime heroics, but there's little in print about his life after returning from the Pacific. Unfortunately, rumors have filled that information vacuum. In order to dispel those rumors, I hope to write a scholarly piece about the last months of Lt Col Wagner's life. If anyone has any information about Lt Col Wagner's activities from June to November 1942, his disappearance on 29 Nov 42 and the subsequent search for his aircraft, the accident that took his life, or his funeral service, please contact me. In fact, I'd like to talk to anyone who knew him personally or might have any information about him.

Please contact me at or call 334-318-2418. I can also be reached by mail at 225 Chennault Circle, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 36112-6426.

Thank you,

Col James E. Moschgat
Vice Commandant
USAF Air Command & Staff College





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