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William R Burkett

Military

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort in P-47D 42-75850, dropped out of formation to escort 2nd Lt William Weaver back to base. Burkett last seen in the Liège area with only one wing tank onboard, in a tight starboard bank. 4-Mar-44. Crashed Nth of Massogne, Belgium Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2793.

Awards: DFC, AM(3OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-75850 'Lonesome Polecat II'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort, dropped out of formation to escort 2nd Lt William Weaver back to base. A/C last seen in the Liège area with only one wing tank onboard, in a tight starboard bank. 4-Mar-44. Lt...

  • 42-8401 'Scatterbolts' 'Chris'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 8AF USAAF. Written off in crash after engine failure.

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Grand Junction, IA 50107, USA 18 February 1916

Son of James Lowell and Anna Pearl [Schipper] Burkett.

Enlisted Des Moines, IA, USA 26 January 1942

Fort Des Moines
Iowa

Based Raydon December 1942 – 4 March 1944

Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Nassogne, Belgium 4 March 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort in P-47D 42-75850, dropped out of formation to escort 2nd Lt William Weaver back to base. Burkett last seen in the Liège area with only one wing tank onboard, in a tight starboard bank. 4-Mar-44. Crashed Nth of Nassogne, Belgium Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2793.

Buried 1946

Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Grand Junction, IA 50107, USA 1948

Memorialised
Grand Junction Cemetery
Grand Junction
Greene County
Iowa, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2017 18:40:32 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

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https://www.abmc.gov/node/544383#.WYiz5oTyvDc
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56357386
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2793 / MACR 2793, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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