Newman, Burrel Franklin, 1st Lt

 Service Photo   Service Details
27 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1943, M 1091, 527th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1943
First Lieutenant

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Newman, Burrel Franklin, 1st Lt.

If you knew or served with this Airman and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Casualty Info
Home Town
McBee, South Carolina
Last Address
RAF Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, England

Casualty Date
Jun 11, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot J, Row 20, Grave 8

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
US Army (USA)Aviation Cadet Flight School379th Bombardment Group, Heavy527th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1942, US Army (USA)
  1942-1943, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, M 0273, 379th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, M 1091, 527th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson UniversityClemson University
  1933-1936, Clemson University
  1938-1939, Clemson University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Burrel Franklin Newman was born in McBee, South Carolina in July, 1915. He was the son of Boyd J. and Sallie J. Newman. He enrolled in Clemson University in 1933, but left in his junior year. He returned in 1938 and graduated in 1939 with a degree in Industrial Education, and taught in Orangeburg, South Carolina for a year.

He then enlisted in the Army on July 14, 1940, and was assigned to the 29th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. While with this unit, he trained with the 502nd Parachute Brigade and made 16 jumps. He transferred to the Army Air Corps, and was accepted for Aviation Cadet flight training.

His training was given at Maxwell Field, AL; Shaw Field, SC; Hendricks Field, IA; and Sioux City Field, IA. He was assigned to the 379th Bomb Group and deployed overseas in April 1943. Here, he was further assigned to a crew of the 527th Bomb Squadron, located at Kimbolton, England.

The crew flew 2 missions, and on June 11, 1943, they were part of a raid with the intended target the shipbuilding yards at Bremen, Germany. Because of inclement weather, the formation was diverted to a secondary target, the submarine pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

The formation was attacked by approximately 200 enemy fighters over the target. Two singled out Lt. Newman's plane, and shot it down. Only 2 of the crew survived. Lt. Newman was originally buried in Germany, but later moved to the American War Cemetery in Margraeten, Holland. He lies in Plot J, Row 20, Grave 8.

He left behind a wife, Laura Martin Newman and two sons, Leon and Quincy. A memorial stone for him stands in the Union United Methodist Church graveyard in McBee, South Carolina.

Lt Burrel Newman was the pilot of B-17F # 42-3138, unnamed, assigned to the 527th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1357 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

1 Lt Burrel F. Newman     p
2 Lt John D. Culler    c-p
2 Lt George W. Jackson     nav
2 Lt Thomas B. Kelley     bomb
SSgt Leo A. Gauthier     eng/tt gun
SSgt Edward E. Hyvonen    r/o
SSgt James T. Griffin    btg
TSgt Harold C. Dudley    lwg
SSgt Joseph V. Butterfield    rwg
SSgt Raymond D. Lauters    tail gun

Lt Kelley and SSgt Lauters were the only survivors. They were captured and held as POWs until the war ended.

Copyright Inc 2003-2011