Wilkins, Bertram D., Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group
Service Years
1943 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Castroville, Texas
Last Address
Itazuke AB, Japan

Casualty Date
Dec 29, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Boerne Cemetery - Kendall County, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2014, Korean War Fallen
  2014, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar


Pilot Badge


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
367th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy306th Bombardment Group, HeavyAir Training CommandAir Base Units
36th Fighter-Bomber Squadron8th Fighter-Bomber Group80th Fighter-Bomber Squadron51st Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 611, 367th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1945, 306th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1948-1948, Headquarters, Air Training Command
  1949-1949, 89th Air Base Squadron
  1950-1950, 36th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1950-1950, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1950-1950, 80th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1950-1950, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1950-1950 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
  1943-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1949-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"First Lieutenant Wilkins was the pilot of a F-80C Shooting Star fighter interceptor with the 80th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group. On December 29, 1950, while on a combat mission, he was directed to abort his mission. His aircraft crashed shortly thereafter..." Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov

Aircraft # 49-0684

He had completed more than 100 jet aircraft missions at the time of his death.

1st Lt. Wilkins is buried at Boerne Cemetery, Boerne, Kendall County, Texas. Source: Boerne Cemetery, http://www.txgenweb2.org

   
Comments/Citation
Bertram Dunn Wilkins, Jr. was the son of B.D. Wilkins, a former Boerne, Texas Mayor and businessman. He attended Boerne High School and graduated from the Peacock Military Academy at San Antonio, Texas. Bertram enlisted in the military in 1943 and was send overseas in WWII as a gunner with the 8th Air Force. He reenlisted in the Air Force and entered cadet training in 1948;  trained as a pilot at Goodfellow AFB and graduated as a Jet Pilot at Williams AFB in June of 1949. From July of 1950 to his death in December 1950 he flew strafing, dive bombing and escort missions in the Korean War. His mother was Mrs. H.L. Mumme of Castroville, Texas at the time of 1st Lt Bertram's death. She received her son's medals at a ceremony at Lackland AFB in September of 1951. At that time she was presented the Distinquished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and Air Medal with eleven (11) Oak Leaf Clusters. Sources: San Antonio Express (San Antonio, Texas), Sunday, Sept 30, 1951; 'L.t Bertram Wilkins,' San Antonio Express, Friday, February 16, 1951 & "Castroville Pilot Cited,' San Antonio Light, September 30, 1951

"Name: Bertram D Wilkins
Birth Date: 22 Dec 1924
Gender: Male
Home City: Castroville
Home State: Texas
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 29 Dec 1950
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Killed
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not a Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957, Ancestry.com

   
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