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Burton J Duntley


Burton Joseph Duntley was born in Walker, Minnesota, in June, 1921. He was the son of Lloyd Burton Duntley and the former Jessie Mai Hall, and had two brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis, and was working at Midland National Bank when World War II began. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in April 1942. After flight training he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. His unit, the 107th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, flying P-51 Mustang fighters, deployed to England in 1943 and began preparations to support the planned Normandy invasion.

Duntley, 22, died in a plane crash on January 7, 1944 and is buried in Plot D, Row 2, Grave 49 at the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. His aircraft was P-51 43-6055.


Units served with

  • 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    The four Squadrons of the 67th Recon Group (12th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 107th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 109th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron and 153rd Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron)...

  • 107th Reconnaissance Squadron


  • 43-6055

    P-51 Mustang
    Crashed 1 mile NE of Lambourne, Berkshire. Pilot Burton J. Duntley killed.

Associated Place

  • Membury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training base, Membury was built during 1942, and then upgraded in 1943 after allocation to the USAAF as a reconnaissance or transport base, with maintenance and repair depot facilities. It had eventually three concrete...

  • Middle Wallop

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber station with a grass airfield, concrete perimeter track and hardstandings, Middle Wallop opened as a training base in April 1940, before construction was complete. Used as an RAF day-fighter and night-fighter base during 1940...


Event Location Date
Born Walker, Cass County, Minnesota, USA 26 June 1921
Died Lambourne, Berkshire 7 January 1944
Buried Cambridge American Cemetery

Plot D Row 2 Grave 49


Date Contributor Update
25 April 2022 13:25:06 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

"Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Bishop & Hey

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2022 12:18:51 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations
Details from "Tracing a Life: Virginia Chapman in World War II – Work on the Home Front - Addendum—Burton J. Duntley"