Capt. Herbert C. Burton, from Crawfordsville, IN, enlisted in Detroit, MI, on 29 September 1941. Serving first with the 33rd Fighter Squadron in Iceland, he was assigned to the 369th Fighter Squadron on 9 April 1944. Flying 49 combat totaling 200 hours with the 359th Fighter Group, Capt. Burton earned 3-1/2 aerial victories before completing his combat tour of duty on 20 August 1944.
19 May 1944: After a six day layoff we engaged on the nineteenth, in penetration support to Berlin. During the mission 2nd Lt. D.H. Laing, in the vicinity of Berlin, at 1400, was heard to say over the radio that his engine had quit, and that he was going to bail out. Our claims were an Me 109 destroyed by 1st Lt. Robert C. Thomson, one Me 109 destroyed by 1st Lt. John H. Oliphint, two Me 109s destroyed by Lt. Herbert C. Burton, 1st Lt. Charles H. Kruger destroyed one Me 109 and one Me 109 destroyed by Capt. Charles C. Ettlesen. Lts. Rodeheaver, Thomson, Oliphint, and Morrill shared in destroying three oil tanks and damaging three barges. Lt. Burton’s claim lay for the mid-air collision of two enemy aircraft while trying to avoid his offensive action. ~ Excerpt from the May 1944 369th Fighter Squadron History.
On D-Day, Lt. Burton flew for 11-1/4 hours.
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 | Captain | Fighter pilot
Assigned to 33FS posted in Iceland. Transferred to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 49 x missions, 200 hours. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).
Awards: DFC, AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, EAME(2 Bronze stars), American Campaign and Defense Medal.
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...