SSGT William Burbick

SSGT William Burbick

Ohio, USA
Death 6 Dec 1944 (aged 18–19)
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot E, 98-99
Memorial ID 3296745 · View Source
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Husband of Doris R. Burbick who resided in East Liverpool, Ohio.

William served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24J #42-78608, 514th Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Columbiana County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 6, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Farm Hand and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-78608, while on a mission to Szombathely, Hungary, was hit by enemy flax and crash landed in Austria during the war.

William was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and was later repatriated here on August 9, 1949.

Service # 35918153

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-24J (#42-78608):

Banfield, Tunis G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, WV
Beck, Donald E ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, WI
Burbick, William ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Doherty, Michael F, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, ME
Elbel, William P ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, PA
Rhyne, Marvin L ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NC
Ross, Edwin S ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IN
Wright, Willard K ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA

2nd Lt. Lonnie O. Hicks (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Marcus J. Fay (Co-Pilot), and T/Sgt. Nolan J. Reech (Radio Operator) all survived the crash landing and became POW's.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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