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Sylvester Vernon Burke

Military

Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills. Squadron commander 63FS. Transferred to HQ Sqn, VIII fighter command.

Awards: DFC(3OLC), AM(3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


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

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    Command
    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (VIII Fighter Command)

Aircraft

  • 42-8463

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Wilhelmshaven 3-Feb-44 out of fuel, ditched 40 miles off Felixstowe. Pilot 2Lt Lloyd M Langdon KIA. MACR 2119.

  • 42-7853

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Lt Col. Donald J M Blakeslee.

  • 42-75394

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Traverse County, MN, USA 29 June 1917

Adopted son of James John and Elizabeth [Schmitz[ Burke.

Lived in Graceville, MN 56240, USA 1941
Enlisted 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111, USA 28 April 1941

Fort Snelling
Minnesota

Based Boxted 31 December 1941 – 19 February 1944

Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Commanded Squadron Boxted, Colchester, UK 30 September 1943 – 19 February 1944

Squadron commander 63FS.

E/A Destroyed Germany 11 November 1943

E/A destroyed Germany 11-Nov-43.

Promoted Boxted, Colchester, UK 11 December 1943

Promoted to Major.

Transferred Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, UK 19 February 1944 – May 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn, VIII fighter command.

E/A Destroyed Germany 1 November 1944

E/A destroyed Germany 1-Nov-44.

E/A Destroyed Germany 2 November 1944

E/A destroyed Germany 2-Nov-44.

Died San Diego, CA, USA 19 August 2007
Buried San Diego, CA, USA

Holy Cross Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 10:34:01 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Adding source from duplicate record: Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/personnel.htm

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2017 16:58:16 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84567912_sylvester_v%20burke/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/312801982/?terms=Sylvester%20V%20Burke
http://cieldegloire.com/014_burke_s_v.php
http://www.luke.af.mil/Portals/58/Documents/63%20Fighter%20Squadron%20as...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=85820415

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2017 12:47:29 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84567912_sylvester_v%20burke/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/312801982/?terms=Sylvester%20V%20Burke
http://cieldegloire.com/014_burke_s_v.php
http://www.luke.af.mil/Portals/58/Documents/63%20Fighter%20Squadron%20as...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=85820415

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2017 12:42:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84567912_sylvester_v%20burke/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/312801982/?terms=Sylvester%20V%20Burke
http://cieldegloire.com/014_burke_s_v.php
http://www.luke.af.mil/Portals/58/Documents/63%20Fighter%20Squadron%20as...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=85820415

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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