Lt. Harold R. Burt enlisted in Seattle, WA on 8 October 1942. Assigned to the 369th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, on 11 July 1944, he flew 14 combat missions. On his 15th, on 17 September 1944, suffering coolant trouble, Lt. Burt bailed out from 6,000 feet, NW of Antwerp, apparently into German hands.
Single and studying forestry, Lt. Burt earned two aerial victories. Aircraft included P-51C IV-K 42-103785.
A POW in Stalag 1 (N-1), Lt. Burt was repatriated back to the USA, returning to Bremerton, WA in June 1945. He then served with the 5th Air Force in Occupied Japan, in the 68th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group. He was killed 11 February 1947 in a P-51 crash while on a ferrying mission in Japan.
The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) area support mission to Antwerp. Coolant relief valve popped, engine overheated. Baled out near St Anne from P-51C 42-103785 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9007.
Military site : airfield
East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...