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Burten Brown Barber
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1892
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1941
Bay Springs
Jasper County
Mississippi, USA

Burten Barber served aboard a U.S. Navy submarine during World War I. After the war, he took up flying and was soon one of the most experienced pilots in commercial aviation. He worked for several different airlines including working as a pilot for U.S. Airmail. He was also well known for chartering the first commercial route between New York and Brazil, establishing bases for refueling. In 1931, he accepted a pilot position for Isthmian Airways. By 1936 he had become the "Chief Pilot" and the best known commercial pilot in Panama. The airline's contract was cancelled by the Canal Zone Government in July 1936. Burten gave up flying, purchased a farm in Florida and retired. The U.S. Navy recalled him to active duty as an aviator with the outbreak of "The Emergency" prior to our entering the World War II. He crashed during bad weather 2 miles southwest of Bay Springs, Mississippi, while on a flight with three other U.S. Navy aviators.
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Hewes Barber (1894 - 1970)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: Section 31, Site 889
 
Created by: Nancy Fleetwood Miller
Record added: Mar 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66491363
Burten Brown Barber
Added by: Jerry Thomas
 
 
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