BURKETT, JACK V., Second Lieutenant, # 0-750332, USAAF

 

Jack V. Burkett was born in 1919 in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska, to Roby Lee Burkett (1893-1946) (TN) and Cora Bessie (Cline) Burkett (1898-1964) (VA). Siblings included Velma Irene (Burkett) Revear nee Sager (1918-2014), Marie Alice (Burkett) Fulcher (1920-1982), Melvin Lee Burkett (1923-1997), Helen Burkett (1925-    ), and Delores Dee Burkett (1936-2012).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF at Fort Crook, Nebraska, on 14 October 1940, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools, was multi-engine rated, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 June 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3961, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 82nd Bomb Squadron, Pandaveswar, India, departed its airfield to Palel, India. Inclimate weather was encountered. The formation parted to fly IFR. The B-25 crashed 50 miles Southwest of Silchan, India. The last to see the B-25 were 2ndLt Duane L. Crosby, # 0-889119, 2ndLt Leonard G. Mood, # 0-806193, and 1stLt Richard J. Motherwell, # 0-741675. A dental chart for SSgt. Cartwright was included, stating he was 26 years old. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Melvin L. Burkett, born 16 April 1923, served in the U.s. Army, Private First Class, from 13 February 1943 to 5 September 1945. He died 7 February 1997 and is buried in the Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park, Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska.

2Lt Burkett talking to ground crew.