416th Bombardment Group (L)
May 20, 1944, Saturday
Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 43-9227 (Douglas A-20G-25-DO Havoc)
9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 670th Bomb Sq
Mission # 50; Box: I; Flight: 3; Position: 5; A/C Fuselage Code: F6-F
Reason: Enemy anti-aircraft
Damage: Battle damage
Point Of Departure: AAF-170 Wethersfield RAF Station, England
Location: Wethersfield/Sta 170
The necessities of war gave scant pause for death, and the next day, 20 May, seven crews took part in the first mission which was another attack on the Beauvais-Tille airdrome. The late mission of the day was an attack on the Cormeilles-en-Vixen airdrome. Excellent results were achieved on the mission on which twelve of our crews participated. Sgt Burns received the Purple Heart for his wounds sustained over the Tille airdrome.
("670th Bombardment Squadron (L) History")
General Orders No. 85, 24 May 1944, Purple Heart is awarded to: 670th Bombardment Squadron (L), Donald E. Burns, 39288631, Sergeant, Air Corps, United States Army. For wounds received in action against an enemy of the United States on 20 May 1944, while serving as a Gunner on an A-20 airplane on a combat operational mission over enemy occupied territory. Home address: South Gate, California.
(416th BG Purple Heart Awards (PDF))
See Mission # 50 for additional details