He enlisted in the USAAF in Houston, Texas, on 20 March 1942, while living in Houston, Harris Co., Texas. He completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force India, to the 80th Fighter Group, 90th Fighter Squadron. He was a passenger on the C-47 when it crashed. On 9 August 1944, a C-47A, # 42-933767, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combar Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, India, at 0630 hours on a cargo mission to Myitkyina, Burma. It was last heard from near Ledo, India, at about 0730 hours. The crashed aircraft was reached at 1345 hours, 17 November 1944, by an Air Jungle Rescue Unit ground search party, 10th Air Force. It was located at 140º from Auche, Burma, at 25º 37’ North & 97º 2 ½’ East (map coord. SC7274). Four crew and two passengers aboard at time of crash. The body of 1stLt Ralph Austin Burson, 0-1551813, 90th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, was not found and he is categorized MIA. His remains were recovered and returned to the U.S. to be buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 17 June 1949 (Sec. Q, Grave 1079).

BURSON, RALPH AUSTIN, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-1551513, USAAF

 

Ralph A. Burston, Jr., was born 1920 in Oklahoma to Ralph Austin Burson (1894-1930) (KS) and Frances M. (Boydston) Pratt nee Burson (1898-    ) (MO). Siblings included Thomas Railey Burson (1921-2004) (OK), Patrick Charles Burson (1930-    ) (TX)  In 1920-1930 his father was a U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, Quartermaster Corps, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, working as a plumber; he died 10 September 1930 and is buried in the Christian White Rose Cemetery, Bartlesville, OK. In 1942 he gave his mother’s address as 1422 Park Ave, Baltimore, Maryland.

 

He completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force India, to the 80th Fighter Group, 90th Fighter Squadron. He was a passenger on the C-47 when it crashed. On 9 August 1944, a C-47A, # 42-933767, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combar Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, India, at 0630 hours on a cargo mission to Myitkyina, Burma. It was last heard from near Ledo, India, at about 0730 hours. The crashed aircraft was reached at 1345 hours, 17 November 1944, by an Air Jungle Rescue Unit ground search party, 10th Air Force. It was located at 140º from Auche, Burma, at 25º 37’ North & 97º 2 ½’ East (map coord. SC7274). Four crew and two passengers aboard at time of crash. His body could not be located and remains missing. He is remembered on the memorial wall in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.