Mason R. Burns

Huge Troop Plane Lands at Airport
Flight Officer Mason R. Burns, Eau Claire, arrived at the Eau Claire Airport with the C-47 troop transport Saturday afternoon.

This huge ship was making a routine flight over the weekend, as a part of navigation training for the crew. The plane has a capacity of 28 persons. Before coming to Eau Claire, they stopped at Camp McCoy.

Burns spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Burns, 328 Eighth Avenue. He left Sunday afternoon for Warrensburg,  MO, where he is now stationed. 

In the routine flights, it is a practice to pick the home town of one of the crew for a destination, if it is within a 500-mile radius of their base.

Flight Officer Mason R. Burns is home on a 7-day leave from Warrensburg, MO. He is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Burns, 320 Eighth Avenue.

Pilots Receive Army Wings
A force of more than one thousand young Midwesterners became combat pilots on March 13 in eleven simultaneous Army Air Forces Training Command ceremonies.

Those from this locality receiving their pilot's wings include: Flight Officer Mason R. Burns, 320 Eighth Avenue, Eau Claire, who was graduated from Ellington Field, TX; Second Lieutenant Bernard W. Kyes, Eau Claire, who was graduated from Blackland Field, Waco, TX; Second Lieutenant Ralph Poss, 927 Chauncey, Eau Claire, who was graduated from Blackland Field; and Second Lieutenant Bruce W. Jordan, Stanley, who was graduated from Eagle Pass Field, TX.

Others who also received their wings and commissions of assignments as Flight Officers included: Second Lieutenant Willard J. Jacobson, Hixton, from Blackland; Flight Officer Joseph G. Rose III, Luck, from Blackland; Second Lieutenant John B. Haas, Marinette, from Aloe Field, Victoria, TX; Second Lieutenant Eugene J. Link, Ridgeland, from Blackland; and Second Lieutenant Robert E. Boernke, Woodville, from Eagle Pass Field.

There were 92 fliers from Wisconsin who graduated during the exercises last week.

Flight Officer Mason R. Burns, son of Mrs. L. E. Burns, 320 Eighth Avenue, is now serving in Italy, according to the word received here. 

He was inducted on February 14, 1942 and received training in San Antonio, TX; Pine Bluff, AR; Independence, KS; Ellington Field, TX; Sedalia, MO; and Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated as pilot from Ellington Field, Texas on March 15, 1943 and left for overseas in October 1944. 

His brother, Private First Class Virgil H. Burns, is stationed at Pyote, TX, as a bombsight mechanic.