Edward F. Burns

Colonel Burns Is Awarded French Croix de Guerre
94TH BOMB GROUP, England. For "Exceptional Services during operations which aided in the liberation of France," Colonel Robert W. Burns, 36, Commanding Officer of an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress Combat Bomb Wing, has been awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government.

The flyer is pictured above, as the award was pinned on him by Lieutenant General Martion Valin, Chief of Staff of the French Air Force. The citation accompanying the award was signed by General Charles de Gaulle. 

Colonel Burns also holds the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Bronze Star. He is the son of Edward F. Burns of 212 Park Avenue, Eau Claire. His wife, Mrs. Caroline Burns, lives at 1411 Temple Drive, Winter Park, Florida. 

Colonel Burns joined the Army Air Force in October 1928 and received his pilot's training at Kelly Field, Texas. He was awarded his wings and commission in October 1929. 

The combat bomb wing, of which Colonel Burns is commanding officer, is part of the Third Air Division, which was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for the historic England-to-Africa shuttle, bombing of Messerschmitt aircraft assembly plants at Regensburg, Germany in August 1913.