BURNESS, IRVING, First Lieutenant, # 0-685104, USAAF
Irving Burness was born on 4 January 1916 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Leon Badash Burness (1885-1989) (Russia) and Sylvia Anna (Rashove or "Rashoff") Burness (1897-1984). (Slonim, Russia). His father recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman. He graduated from Weaver High School, Hartford, CT, in 1940. Siblings included Sidney H. Burness (1911-1999), Dr. Manuel Burness (1914-1996) (DD), and Anna "Ann" Burness (1923-1996).
He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 286 Fern St., West Hartford, CT, employed by Connecticut Flour Corp., and described himself as 5;8 ½”, 198 lbs, with black hair and blue eyes. He enlisted on 9 December 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as a bombardier on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-24726, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on its 20th bombing mission, over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand), and Rangoon, Burma. It crashed unseen. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Sidney H. Burness, born 19 October 1911, served in the USAAF from 12 June 1941 to 21 January 1946. He died on 1 September 1999 and is buried in the Boca Raton Cemetery & Mausoleum, Boca Raton, Florida.
His brother, Dr. Manuel Burness, born 18 April 1914, served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Lieutenant Colonel. He died 13 August 1996 in Durham, North Carolina.