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Lloyd Lavert Burns

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Burns lied about his age, with his father's permission and joined the AAF at 18 instead of 19. Flew all his missions, between Apr 44 and June 44. He was just 20 years old when he completed them and the youngest first pilot to command a B-17, (at the time). 30 x missions. On one mission had to land out of fuel on a Spitfire Fighter base near coast; on another brake hydraulics shot out resulting in end of runway crash; on another elevator controls jammed by enemy fire resulting in a hairy landing; and finally a mid-air collision on 29th mission: bailed out, landing in water of Thames estuary off Canvey Island on 19th June 1944 having collided with another plane on return from Zudausques, France mission on return over Gravesend, Thames Estuary, England. Rescued from the water by Royal Marines.

Had swapped position with Fred Kauffman to allow him more flight experience, a decision he rued for the rest of his life, had he been in position would have been killed in the collision.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), Distinguished Unit Citation, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Richard Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • William Farmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leonard Gibbs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • Jack Gray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • Frederick Kauffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH

  • Leroy Monk

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Sadler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983 ...

  • Louis Schulte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29th mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983 ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97128 Screwball Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Alexandra 15/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 6/3/44; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 527BS/379BG [FO-M] Kimbolton 28/12/44. ...

  • 42-97942 'Heavenly Body II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 23/5/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-K] Kimbolton 24/5/44; on return from mission to Enguine/Catts 19/6/44 with Lloyd Burns, Bombardier: Jack Gray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Gibbs, Radio...

Missions

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 424

    19 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Atlanta, Georgia 20 March 1925

Son of Daniel L and Annie M Burns.

Lived in Valdosta, GA 1942
Enlisted Moody Field, Valdosta, GA 26 May 1942

Moody Field, Valdosta, Georgia

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out RTD Canvey Island 19 June 1944

Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. RTD MACR 6983

Discharged USAAF 28 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Peachtree City, GA 16 June 2010
Buried Greenwood Cemetery Atlanta, Fulton County, GA 20 June 2010

Greenwood Cemetery
Atlanta, Fulton County, GA
Section A

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2019 11:12:20 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84005636-lloyd-l-burns
https://www.fold3.com/image/28680852?terms=42-97942
https://www.fold3.com/image/155066535?rec=155066747
https://www.fold3.com/record/628183797-lloyd-burns-1924
https://www.fold3.com/record/111500405-lloyd-lavert-burns
http://8thairforce.com/
http://www.379thbga.org/Looking4%201160-1151%20p16.htm
http://www.379thbga.org/war_stories_ANDREWS.htm
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146747172/lloyd-l-burns

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self   MACR 6983; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 309

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