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COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

Clyde Burnette | 713th Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force - Army Air Corps/Air Force

9:36   |   On his first bombing mission, B-24 Gunner Clyde Burnette saw another aircraft explode in mid-air. One man got out but his parachute was in flames. It was a sobering introduction to combat. He recounts some other close calls, including the time they had to return with a payload of special 2,000 pound Blockbusters and broken landing gear.

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  • Clyde Burnette  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  8:01

    Continuing his Air Force career after the war in Europe, Clyde Burnette became a flight engineer ferrying retired aircraft. After a short discharge and reenlistment, he served in the Berlin Airlift. When they asked for a position check on one flight near the East German border, they didn't get a position but they were told to immediately make a 180 degree turn.

  • Clyde Burnette  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  4:48

    After serving in World War II and the Korean War, Clyde Burnette was stationed in the Philippines as the Vietnam War began to heat up. He nearly got sent there but returned to the States to finish his career which included prepping aircraft for possible use in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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