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René L Burtner Jr

Military

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 capture with help from the Maquis. Evaded (EVD). Returned to military control. See Missing Air Crew Report (MACR 8126).

Service

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 43-12186

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Saint Dizier. Hit by flak while strafing airdrome and crashed near Sompuis, France pilot Lt Rene L Burtner evaded capture with help from the Maquis. 18-Aug-44 Evaded (EVD). MACR 8126.

  • 44-15394

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-72366 Hubert

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14988 'Hubert'

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51D Mustang 44-14988 'Herbert' Assigned to 369th FS, 359th FG, 8th AF, Roy William Evans assigned A/C. 26-11-44 Damaged Bf109 Kassel pilot Roy W Evans. 26-11-44. Destroyed Bf109 Kassel pilot Roy W Evans. ...

  • 44-14718 'Hubert'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-15739

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF

  • 44-13592

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington DC 1922
Enlisted Miami Beach, FL, USA 25 February 1943
Crashed Ocala International Airport, 750 SW 60th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474, USA 23 August 1943

Landing Accident Ground Loop Taylor Field, FL Cat 3 Damage Lt Rene L Burtner, 23-Aug-43.

PT-17A 41-25257 - 57 AAFFTD

Based East Wretham 2 August 1944 – September 1945

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded (EVD) Sompuis, France 18 August 1944

Evaded (EVD). 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 capture with help from the Maquis. Returned to military control. See Missing Air Crew Report (MACR 8126).

Promotion Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 27 November 1944

Promoted to First Lieutenant.

Crashed Sint-Truiden, Belgium 28 February 1945

Force-landed 28-Feb-45 ALG St Trond/A-92 Belgium - Lt Rene L Burtner

P-51D 44-15739 369 359 8AF.

Promotion Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 5 April 1945

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2017 18:46:27 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84051819_rene_l%20burtner%20jr/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/28696552
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=burtner%2C+rene+l...

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 15:38:57 Lucy May Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

Combined information in two entries for Rene Burtner into this entry. Now includes information from the following source:
MACR 8126 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 21:35:39 Pyker Changes to firstname, service number, highest rank, biography and events
Sources

Added personal data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8126 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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