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James A Burr

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By Terry L. Page (Nephew)

I never met my Uncle Jim since he had lived the entirety of his life, before I was even born. I was told he was very tall, lean and strikingly handsome. My mother adored her older brother and Grandpa & Grandma Burr were extremely proud of him. My Uncle Jim was a Fighter Pilot.

First Lt. James Arthur Burr, 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command, 352nd Fighter Group, 328th Fighter Squadron (The Bluenosed Bastards of Bodney), flying a P-51D Mustang from his base at Bodney, Norfolk England was Killed-in-Action on July 18, 1944 in the war-torn skies over Zaschendorf in Mecklenburg Germany. He was 21 years old.

Initially reported as Missing-In-Action, five and a half long months of uncertainty would pass before notice of his death was confirmed by the German government and conveyed through the International Red Cross to the War Department.

Soon thereafter, the dreaded notification was delivered to a white two-story, Colonial-Revival style home in a well kept, working-class neighborhood just north of Fenkell and east of Wyoming Avenue in the city of Detroit. The house at 15369 Wisconsin would be replacing the Blue Star Service Banner in the window with one of gold.

He was survived by his young wife Kathryn Margaret (Joels) Burr, their 10-month old son James Stephen Burr, his loving sister Betty Virginia (Burr) Page and his parents James Wallace Burr & Alberta (Gray) Burr.

Missions:
5/8/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney (Aborted) 0.45 Oper Hrs - Field Order 331
5/9/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Juvencourt, France 3.40 Oper Hrs - Field Order 333
5/11/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Luplante, Germany 3.25 Oper Hrs - Field Order 335
5/13 1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Wustrow, Germany 5.45 Oper Hrs - Field Order 338
5/19/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Berlin, Germany 5.10 Oper Hrs - Field Order 342
5/22/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Brunswick, Germany 3.30 Oper Hrs - Field Order 346
5/23/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Lure, France 4.20 Oper Hrs - Field Order 348
5/25/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Marche, Germany 3.00 Oper Hrs - Field Order 350
5/27/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Pforzhein, Germany 4.20 Oper Hrs - Field Order 351
5/28/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Rochlitz, Germany 4.55 Oper Hrs - Field Order 352
5/29/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney Nord Point, Germany 4.50 Oper Hrs - Field Order 353
5/30/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Dannfeld, Germany 4.15 Oper Hrs - Field Order 354
5/31/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Gutersloh, Germany 4.00 Oper Hrs - Field Order 355
6/2/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Paris, France 3.10 Oper Hrs - Field Order 359
6/4/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to St. Quentin, France 3.00 Oper Hrs - Field Order 367
6/4/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Boieville 3.30 Oper Hrs - Field Order 368B
6/6/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Malo, France 6.00 Oper Hrs - Field Order 371
6/6/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Domfront, France 3.00 Oper Hrs - Field Order SDBE
6/7/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Varnes, Norway 4.40 Oper Hrs - Field Order 376
6/8/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Nogent, France 3.30 Oper Hrs - Field Order 377-2
6/11/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Nantes, France 4.50 Oper Hrs - Field Order 382-1
6/12/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to St. Aignan, France 3.25 Oper Hrs - Field Order 383
6/14/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Rethel, France 3.25 Oper Hrs - Field Order 388
6/17/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Bourron-Marlotte, France 3.40 Oper Hrs - Field Order 394
6/19/1944 Promotion to 1st Lieutenant 352 FG 328 FS AAF Station F-141 Bodney, Norfolk, England
6/20/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Ziesar, Germany 4.45 Oper Hrs - Field Order 402
6/23/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Melun, France 4.55 Oper Hrs - Field Order 413
6/29/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Neiden, Norway 4.50 Oper Hrs - Field Order 422
7/1/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Pontoise, France 2.20 Oper Hrs - Field Order 425
7/5/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Nivelles, France 3.00 Oper Hrs - Field Order 430
7/6/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Beauvis, France 3.10 Oper Hrs - Field Order 435
7/7/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Leipzig, Germany 5.15 Oper Hrs - Field Order 436
7/14/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Queret, France 5.15 Oper Hrs - Field Order 446
7/16/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Feldkirchen, Germany 5.20 Oper Hrs - Field Order 450
7/18/1944 Combat Sortie: Bodney to Anklam, Germany 3.05 Oper Hrs - Field Order 454
(Killed-In-Action during aerial combat over Zaschendorf in Mecklenburg Germany)

Initial Interment: Municipal Cemetery Zaschendorf in Mecklenburg, Germany (until the end of hostilities)
Final Interment: Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in the town of St. Avold, Moselle, France, Plot E, Row 36, Grave 28
James A. Burr
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # O-758764
328th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group
Entered the Service from: Michigan
Born: 7-Nov-22
Died: 18-Jul-44
Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Purple Heart

Service

Units served with

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Goxhill had been a fighter training base since 1942 but it was only in December 1943 that a Fighter Training Group was established there. Pilots who had received the basic training in the USA would practise ETO operational procedures and gunnery before...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI, USA 7 November 1922

Detroit, Michigan

Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 25 July 1942

Enlisted - Inactive Reserve

Appointed - Aviation Cadet Detroit, MI, USA 17 January 1943

Called to Active Duty and Appointed an Aviation Cadet.

Pre Flight Training Santa Ana, CA, USA 7 February 1943 – 15 April 1943

Santa Ana Army Air Base: Santa Ana, CA

Elementary Filight Training Santa Maria, CA, USA 17 April 1943 – 19 June 1943

Hancock Field: Hancock College of Aeronautics, Santa Maria, CA

Basic Flight Training Chico, CA, USA 27 June 1943 – 28 August 1943

Chico Army Air Field: Chico Army Flying School,
Chico, CA

Advanced Flight Training Glendale, AZ, USA 31 August 1943 – 3 November 1943

Luke Field: Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School (Single Engine)/AAF Pilot School (Advanced, Single Engine) Glendale (Phoenix), AZ

Comissioned Second Lieutenant Glendale, AZ, USA 3 November 1943

Luke Field: Glendale (Phoenix), AZ

439th FS Tallahassee, FL, USA 18 November 1943 – 25 December 1943

Dale Mabry Field: (Pilot Trainee) P-51 (A, B, B1) 439th Fighter Squadron, Tallahassee, FL

54th FG 42nd FS Tampa, FL, USA 26 December 1943 – 4 March 1944

Hillsborough AAF: (Pilot Trainee) 54th Fighter Group, 42nd Fighter Squadron, Tampa, FL

Replacement Depot Tallahassee, FL, USA 5 March 1944 – 14 March 1944

Dale Mabry Field: (Replacement Pilot) Dale Mabry Replacement Depot, Tallahassee, FL

Deployment Base Taunton, MA, USA 15 March 1944 – 7 April 1944

Fort Miles Standish: Taunton, MA - Boston Port of Embarkation for European Theater of Operations (ETO)

496th FTG (USAAF Station 345) Goxhill, North Lincolnshire, England 8 April 1944 – 1 May 1944

Pilot: 496th Fighter Training Group. Operational Procedures peculiar to ETO & Aerial Gunnery

Based Bodney, Norfolk, England 2 May 1944 – 18 July 1944

Pilot-1055: 352nd Fighter Group, 328th Fighter Squadron

Promoted to First Lieutenant Bodney, Norfolk, England 19 June 1944
Killed in Action (KIA) Zaschendorf, Mecklenburg, Germany 18 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2016 15:42:32 SenatorPage Changes to biography
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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02 March 2016 16:29:33 SenatorPage Changes to biography
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Terry L. Page (Nephew) SenatorPage@GMail.com

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02 March 2016 16:24:16 SenatorPage Changes to biography
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02 March 2016 16:09:09 SenatorPage Changes to biography
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29 February 2016 02:19:45 SenatorPage Changes to mission associations
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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29 February 2016 02:18:16 SenatorPage Changes to mission associations
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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26 February 2016 02:54:36 SenatorPage Changes to events
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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26 February 2016 02:36:14 SenatorPage Changes to events
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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26 February 2016 02:29:04 SenatorPage Changes to events
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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26 February 2016 02:25:41 SenatorPage Changes to events
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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26 February 2016 02:22:01 SenatorPage Changes to events
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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26 February 2016 02:18:58 SenatorPage Changes to events
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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25 February 2016 20:08:26 SenatorPage Changes to events
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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25 February 2016 19:24:07 SenatorPage Changes to events
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

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25 February 2016 18:30:12 SenatorPage Changes to awards
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 16:59:22 SenatorPage Changes to mission associations
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (O 758 764)

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 16:09:41 SenatorPage Changes to role
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Official Military Personnel File - Burr, James Arthur (O 758764)

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 16:06:41 SenatorPage Changes to role
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Official Military Personnel File: Burr, James Arthur (0 758 764)

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 19:12:22 SenatorPage Changes to biography and events
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Terry L. Page (Nephew) SenatorPage@GMail.com

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 18:59:35 SenatorPage Changes to highest rank
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Official Military Personnel File: National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63132-5100, USA

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:02 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6782 / MCR 6782 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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