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Vernon A Burroughs

Military

Assigned to 357FS, XFG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from strafing mission to St Dizier A/D, P-51D 'Ill Wind' 43-6636 hit by return fire from ground, crashed on 9-May-44 near Rilly Ste Syre, Lt Vernon A Burroughs baled out. POW. MACR 4682.
Killed in a crash in Texas in P-51H 44-64409, while serving with the 312th A.A.F. Base Unit HQ Squadron from March Army Airfield in California. 18-Sep-46.

Service

Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 43-6636 'Ill Wind?'

    P-51 Mustang
    One time personal aircraft of Captain Nocholas "Cowboy" Megura. ...

  • 42-8438 'Dizzy Miss'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by Lt Vernon A Burroughs. Transferred to 387FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 43-6722 'Dizzy Miss'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Written Off - War Weary, after Taxiing Accident Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 3 damage, 9-Feb-45.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Champaign, IL, USA 5 July 1921
Lived in Los Angeles, California, USA 1940
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 9 May 1944 – 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Shot down Rilly-Sainte-Syre, France 9 May 1944

Failed to return from strafing mission to St Dizier A/D, P-51D 'Ill Wind' 43-6636 hit by return fire from ground, crashed on 9-May-44 near Rilly Ste Syre, Lt Vernon A Burroughs baled out. POW. MACR 4682.

Died Donnelly Ave, Fort Worth, TX, USA 18 September 1946

Killed in a crash in Texas in P-51H 44-64409, while serving with the 312th A.A.F. Base Unit HQ Squadron from March Army Airfield in California.

Buried Glendale, CA, USA October 1946

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Glendale, Los Angeles County
California, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 11:15:38 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29036119
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-64409&Submit4=Go
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=BURROUGHS&GSfn=Ver...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4682 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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