Howard Burdick, 1918
|Born||12 December 1891
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Died||20 January 1975
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Service/branch||Air Service, United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross, British Distinguished Flying Cross|
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Burdick joined the Air Service, United States Army and was deployed to France. He was assigned to the 17th Aero Squadron, and flew British Sopwith Camels while attached to the Royal Air Force. For his actions in combat, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for eight aerial victories, often flying in company with George Vaughn, his flight commander. He shot down an enemy Fokker biplane with Vaughn on 14 October force landed and the enemy pilot was killed when shot up on the ground.
During World War II, his son Clinton became an ace flying the P-51 Mustang as part of VIII Fighter Command, based in England. Eventually settling in California, Burdick died in Los Angeles in January, 1975.
- American Aces of World War I. p. 47.
- Franks (1992) Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918 , Grub Street the Basement; First edition (May 1992), ISBN 0948817542
- American Aces of World War I. Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey. Osprey Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84176-375-6, ISBN 978-1-84176-375-0.
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