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Burleigh E Curtis


His next of kin were his wife, Mrs. Elva Louise Curtis of Medfield, MA, and his parents, Leslie and Lillian Curtis of Holliston, MA.

1Lt. Burleigh Edwards was killed in action near Briouze, France, on 13 June 1944. At the time, he was pilot of P-47D-11 42-75227.

An eyewitness, Captain Loren W. Herway, reported:
"Lt. Curtis was flying Red 3 when his element went down to bomb a bridge over a railroad. He went down too low and was caught in his own bomb blast. He pulled up with white smoke trailing out. I called for him to jump but he was evidently stunned for his plane fell off on the left wing and went straight in and exploded. This took place in the vicinity of Briouze at 2125. Lt. Curtis did not get out of the plane."

French civilians and gendarmes visited the crash site and buried Lt. Curtis beside his plane, marking the grave with a propeller. The remains were later removed to an established American military cemetery.

Lt. Curtis was officially identified and accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on 13 December 2018.


Units served with


  • 42-75227

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    On 13 June 1944, pilot 1Lt. Burleigh E. Curtis participated in a dive-bombing attack on a bridge near Briouze, France. His approach was too low; the aircraft was hit by the bomb blast, crashed, and exploded in a pasture 2km from the bridge. ...


Event Location Date
Born 24 February 1922
Enlisted 20 May 1943

Commission date.

Died Briouze, France 13 June 1944 – 13 June 44

Killed when his aircraft crashed following a dive bombing attack near Briouze, France.


Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 13:13:50 MissingMarines Changes to role, biography and events

IDPF of 1Lt. Burleigh E. Curtis
DPAA News Release dated 21 December 2018

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:50 AAM AAM ingest

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / Gianneschi history, Mr V J Lewis