16 January 1961 Korean War POW/MIA Network
1st Lt; AO 2101608 40th Ftr-Intcp Sq, 35th
Identifying Data: Birth Date: 11 September 1918 Race.
Circumstances of Loss:
1. Reported MIA 2 October 1950.
2. On 2 October 1960, Lt Burton was flying in a flight of four F-51's assigned target around Pyongyang. Fifteen miles northeast of Pyongyang, at 800 feet, Burton called to say that his plane had been hit by enemy; ground fire. He took his plane to 1,000 fee and bailed out successfully. He landed in enemy territory 4 miles east-northeast of Pyongyang (39°04' N.—125°60' E.) at 1620 hours. He was immediately surrounded by several civilians. The remaining three plane in the flight circled the area for 10 minute; and Burton waved to indicate he was all right
Lt Burton was subsequently captured by enemy forces.
Birthplace. Moberly, Mo.
Cities of Residence. Bloomington, Quincy, III.; Jacksonville, 111.
WW II Service. Pacific Theater, 10 months.
Marital Status. Single. Parents.
Civilian Schools. Quincy Senior High School, 111.; Wadlow Flying School, Godfrey, III.
Military Schools. San Antonio, Tex. (pre-flight pilot, 1954); Chickasha, Okla. (primary pilot, 1945); Perrin Fid, Tex. (basic pilot, 1945) ; Enid, Okla. (advanced pilot, 1945).
Previous Occupation. Chief pilot, Contract Flight School; sales representative, wholesale paper products.
Special Skills. Commercial pilot license, flight instructor's rating on single and multiple engines.
Hobbies. Football, basketball, swimming, baseball; aircraft engine and fabric work.
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