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Burton K Voorhees


Completed 5 x combat missions with 303BG. Transferred to 401BG.

Awards: Croix de Guerre (Palmleaf), DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME(4 battle stars).


Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 94th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 6 December 1913

Son of Bernard and Roberta W Voorhees.

Enlisted 7 October 1937
Based Molesworth 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAF 31 July 1961

Honourable discharge.

Died Sun City, Maricopa County, AZ 23 April 1984


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2019 19:33:41 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, 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 /