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Burt Christie Wyman


Wyman was killed in action on 29-Jan-44 when his P-47 42-75119 was shot down by enemy fighters.

Burt's Nephew Chris remembers hearing about his Uncle from his family:
'As I grew up we always had a picture frame with my father’s brother’s photograph and his service wings and medals from World War II. It had been hung in our basement family room. We knew that my Uncle Burt was shot down by German fighter planes on my father Robert’s 19th birthday on January 29, 1944. It was apparently his 48th mission and he would have come home after two more. At the time my father was already enlisted in the Navy as an aviation machinist mate. I believe that my uncle’s loss prevented my father from also serving overseas, which may in turn have resulted in my being born nearly six years later.'



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Units served with

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    4th Fighter Group

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  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

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  • 42-75119

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by enemy fighters Fumay, France. Not seen to go down. Pilot Lt Burt C Wyman KIA. 29-Jan-44. MACR 2116.

  • 41-6233

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. 9-43. Forced Landing Engine Failure Cat 4 damage, pilot Clemens A Fiedler, Debden/Sta 356. 2-9-43. ROS, Assigned 551FTS, 495FTG, 8th AF. 9-44, Mid Air Collision with Thunderbolt 42-74640 Cat 5, pilot 2nd Lt John D...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Haybes, France

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born New Jersey, USA 1922
Lived in Englewood, New Jersey, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 18 August 1943 – 29 January 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 08170 Haybes, France 29 January 1944

Shot down in P-47D 42-75119 by enemy fighters near Fumay, France. Not seen to go down KIA. 29-Jan-44. MACR 2116.

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 45 Grave 27


Date Contributor Update
18 March 2021 21:54:44 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2018 09:14:07 Emily Changes to biography

Information provided by Chris Wyman, Nephew

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2017 08:49:33 Lucy May Changes to firstname

Restored 'Burt' as first name, as per the information provided by Wyman's nephew, Chris:
"I am his nephew. His name was not Burton, it was actually Alburtus but both he and his dad went by Burt. The names each went by was Burt Christie Wyman. My actual first name is Christie, named after them."

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2017 19:11:11 fugari Changes to firstname, nickname, role, biography and awards

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2017 15:03:20 Lucy May Changes to firstname, highest rank and events

Correspondence with Wyman's nephew, Chris:
'His name was not Burton, it was actually Alburtus but both he and his dad went by Burt. The names each went by was Burt Christie Wyman. I am currently in possession of his wrist watch that was recovered from the crash site which is incorrectly identified as Fumay, however, the actual site is in Haybes, just northwest of Fumay.'

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 13:29:29 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:52 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2116 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /