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William H Burns


Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 94 x missions. Credited with 1 x probable and 1 x shared destroyed. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME and American campaign, UN and Korean medal.

Post war: Joined the Air National Guard on return from war. Recalled to USAF in 1951 for Korean war sevice, flying Sabres as a flight commander, he was honourably discharged Oct-53.

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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. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron
  • 70th Replacement Depot


  • 44-13767

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-68146 'My Lightning Baby'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 428FS, 474FG, 9AF USAAF. Destroyed in fatal crash 3 miles NE Charleroi pilot Lt Cleo O Beaty Killed in Action (KIA) 6-Feb-45. ...

  • 42-67094 'Lightning Baby'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Stone (Jefferson Hall)

    Military site : non-airfield
    Seven camps named after British Admirals: Beatty - AAF 518, Duncan -AAF 509, Howard, Jefferson - AAF 594, Nelson, Drake, Frobisher and Raleigh, were constructed to accommodate workers moved from the Woolwich Arsenal, London to Swynerton ROF (Royal...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Colfax, WA, USA 24 April 1922

Son of Grace and Dave Burns.

Enlisted Spokane International Airport (GEG), 9000 W Airport Dr, Spokane, WA 99224, USA 18 March 1942

Geiger Field
Spokane, WA

Based Wormingford 1943 – 12 December 1944

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Stewart International Airport (SWF), 1180 1st St, New Windsor, NY 12553, USA 7 May 1943

Taxiing Accident-Ground Collision Stewart Field, NY Cat 3 damage 2Lt William H Burns, 7-May-43.

AT-6C 41-32768 570 School

Crashed Clallam County, WA, USA 9 May 1943

Landing Accident Clallam Co Ardrm Cat 4 damage 2Lt William H Burns, 9-May-43.

P-38F 43-2051 - 338FS 55FG

Promotion Wormingford, UK 1 December 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Probable Venlo, Netherlands 31 January 1944

Me-109 probable (air) Nth/Venlo 31-Jan-44

Promotion Wormingford, UK 4 April 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Crashed Wormingford, UK 19 August 1944

Ground looped P-51D 44-13767 CL-F at Wormingford. 19-Aug-44.

E/A Shared Frankfurt, Germany 12 September 1944

Me-109 shared destroyed (air) Nth/Frankfurt 12-Sept-44.

Transferred Stone ST15, UK 12 December 1944 – 19 December 1944

Transferred to 70th Replacement Depot.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 19 December 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Discharged 1945

Honourably discharged 1945.

Crashed Spokane International Airport (GEG), 9000 W Airport Dr, Spokane, WA 99224, USA 3 August 1951

Missing Friendly Fire 1.5 Miles W Geiger Field Cat 3 damage Capt William H Burns, 3-Aug-51.

F-86A 49-1097 - 116FIS 81FIG WADF

Died 2 September 2012


Date Contributor Update
11 August 2017 16:40:41 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / roster