Burt, Aubrey N., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron
Lucera, Italy

Casualty Date
Feb 25, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Lorraine, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot E, Row 42, Grave 18

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to NARA enlistment records, Aubrey N. Burt was born in Alabama in 1914. No census data or parentage has been located.

Burt was drafted, then inducted into military service at Fort McClellan, Alabama on September 2, 1942. His enlistment documents state he had completed 2 years of high school, was married, and was employed as a driver/chauffeur.

He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and given training as an aerial gunner. When he completed this course of instruction, he was sent overseas to North Africa where he became a member of a combat crew. He flew at least 30 combat missions.

On February 25, 1944, while attempting to bomb a German war facility at Regensburg, Germany, his aircraft was attacked by fighters. The # 2 engine was set ablaze, the radio and intercomm were shot out, and the top turret was completely blown away, with the gunner inside.

The right wing of the aircraft became fully involved with fire. The aircraft rolled to an inverted position as 6 parachutes were seen to come out. Then, the aircraft exploded. German records state 4 dead were recovered from the scene of the crash, and that 3 additional men were captured. The MACR contains later-added notes that there were 4 killed, 3 captured, and 3 presumed dead.

The dead were evidently buried locally. After the war, they were retrieved and moved to other cemeteries. SSgt Burt now lies in the Lorraine American Cemetery in France in Plot E, Row 42, Grave 18.

NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Aubrey N. Burt was the ball turret gunner on B-17G # 42-38076, not named, assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 2594 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was composed of:

2 Lt Gerald R. Brener  p
2 Lt Richard S. MacAuley  c-p
2 Lt Lawrence Kramer  nav
2 Lt Daniel A. Reagan  bomb
SSgt Robert G. Miller  eng/tt gun
TSgt Aubrey C. Simon  r/o
SSgt Aubrey N. Burt  btg
Sgt  Vincent Palmieri  wg
Sgt  Jerry Goldman  wg
Sgt  Ray F. Walker  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

The loading lists gives Walker's name was "Ray F. Walker." All other sources, including grave stone, states "Fay R. Walker."

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