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(L-R) René L Burtner Jr, Robert D Erwin and Bert M Montague pose by the tail of Captain Burtner's P-51D, serial number 44-72366 coded IV-D of the 369th Fighter Squadron, which was nicknamed "Hubert" from the cartoon character of the same name. The horizontal stripes on the tail fin indicate that René was a flight leader and are a pre-war embelishment that was reintroduced after VE Day.



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron


  • René Burtner

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Saint Dizier. Crashed near Sompuis on 18 Aug 44 in P-51B serial number 43-12186, assigned aircraft of Captain Gilbert R Ralston Jr. Hit by flak while strafing airdrome and evaded...

  • Robert Erwin

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Lt. Robert D. Erwin, from Woodward, OK, served with the 369th Fighter Squadron from 8 September 1944 through 22 September 1945 when he completed his tour of duty with the 359th FG. The Lieutenant flew 60 combat missions, approximately half in P-51D IV...

  • Bert Montague

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 359th FG, and 369th FS Dec. 19, 1944 -Sept., 1945, flying 31 missions. Promoted to 1st Lt. Apr.30,1945. Promoted to Captain in Occupational Army, in Germany, Sept., 1945 to end of tour. While in the reserves, Bert graduated from college and...



  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 20:30:29 Pyker Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Added photo via René L Burtner