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Captain Gordon S Burlingame and his ground crew of the 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, poses beside their North American P-51 "Davy Don Chariot" at an airbase in England.
L - R: Asst Crew Chief Charles B. Perkins, Capt. Gordon S. Burlingame, Armorer Sgt Joseph S. Mortorana and Crew Chief S/Sgt Otto J. Stopen.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12320-69193AC.



  • 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. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter 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...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron


  • Gordon Burlingame

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Experienced three times that he lived but should not have. Wasn't an ace (had only 3 kills) but preferred this. Always aimed for the boiler when firing on trains to allow the engineer a chance to escape alive (according to daughter's remarks in...

  • Joseph Mortorana

    Military | Sergeant | Armourer
    Assigned to 353FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Charles Perkins

    Military | Sergeant | Asst Crew Chief
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Otto Stopen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.



  • 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...


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08 August 2017 18:10:46 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations