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Gordon S Burlingame


Experienced three times that he lived but should not have. Wasn't an ace (had only 3 kills) but preferred this. Always aimed for the boiler when firing on trains to allow the engineer a chance to escape alive (according to daughter's remarks in obituary). Left active service in 1945 but remained in the reserves and retired in 1981 as Lt Colonel.

DFC 3 Oak Leaf Cluster; multiple AMs



  • Joseph Mortorana

    Military | Sergeant | Armourer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 353FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Charles Perkins

    Military | Sergeant | Asst Crew Chief | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Otto Stopen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Units served with


  • 43-6800

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-22482 'Stinky Poo' '5PO'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 3rd Air Divison, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-14620 'Davy Don Chariot' 'Lucky Leaky / The Hoosier Kid'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt R C Burlingame, later passed to Lt J E Davenport. Transferred to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...


Event Location Date
Born Arlington, SD 57212, USA 15 June 1921
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 24 January 1942
Based Raydon December 1942 – 29 April 1944

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Millville, NJ 08332, USA 23 April 1943

Mid Air Collision 10 Mile SE AAB, Millville, NJ Cat 3 damage 2Lt Gordon S Burlingame, 23-Apr-43.

P-47C 41-6451 - 352FS 353FG

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 29 April 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD) [1].

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1945

Promoted to Captain.

Crashed Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1 January 1945

Taxiing Accident Raydon/Sta 157 Cat 3 damage Lt Gordon S Burlingame, 1-Jan-45.

P-51B5 43-6800W - 352FS 353FG 8AF

Based Raydon 17 January 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 12 February 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD) [2].

Discharged United States 21 October 1945

Honourably discharged.

Died Kennesaw, GA, USA 8 July 2001


Date Contributor Update
08 August 2017 19:02:15 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:38 AAM AAM ingest

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