Bufford enlisted 8-MAY 1942 in the Army. Buford served in the 832nd Aviation Engineer Battalion. His DD214 later lists the 876th Airborne Engineer Battalion. Landing in England in Sept. 1942, five months after being activated, this Battalion started construction on Glatton Airdrome and Abbots Ripton Air Depot. They arrived in France on D-Day plus 24, following advancing armies across France into the heart of the Reich. By V-E Day they had built ten airdromes, 16 S&E strips, and maintained 9 airdromes built by others.
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