Robert W. Burns

Promoted to Full Colonel at Bomber Base in England
Colonel Robert Burns, Eau Claire (left) pins silver eagle on shoulder of Wm. J. Wrigglesworth, Eau Claire, recently promoted from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel at a bomber base in England
AN 8TH AIR FORCE BOMBER STATION, EnglandóColonel Wm. J. Wrigglesworth, 30, of Eau Claire, WI, recently promoted to the rank of full Colonel, is pictured having the insignia of his new rank pinned on by another Eau Claire flyer, Colonel Robert Burns, Commander of an 8th Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress wing.

Colonel Wrigglesworth is the Commanding Officer of the 447th Bombardment Group, a unit of the 3rd Air Division, the division that was cited by the President for the now-historic England-Africa shuttle bombing attack on the Messerschmitt plant at Regensburg, Germany.

The newly made full Colonel holds the Air Medal and an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement" while leading his group in attacks on industrial and military targets in Germany.  

The son of Dr. and Mrs. F. B. Wrigglesworth of 1011 6th Avenue, Eau Claire, Colonel Wrigglesworth, before entering the Army Air Forces in February 1938, was a student. He received his pilot's wings and commission as a Second Lieutenant in February 1939 at Kelly Field, TX. 

Prior to assuming command of the 447th Bombardment Group, he held several important positions in the headquarters of the United States Strategic and Tactical Air Forces, chief among these being Assistant Director of Operations. 

His wife, Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald Wrigglesworth, lives at 2808 Chatsworth Boulevard, San Diego, CA.

Colonel Burns is the son of E. F. Burns, 212 Park Avenue.

Eau Claire Officer Heard on Broadcast Sunday from London
Many Eau Claire radio fans heard an Eau Claire man broadcast from England Sunday.

Colonel Robert W. Burns, Chief of Operations of the Eighth Fighter Command, U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in England, was on the NBC Army Hour broadcast, 2:30 to 3:30, and was questioned as to certain phases of the Army Air Corps' participation in the bombing raids over Hitler's Europe.

Colonel Burns is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Burns of this city.

Nominate Col. Robert Burns to Rank of Brigadier General
Colonel Robert W. Burns, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Burns, 212 Park Avenue, has been nominated to the rank of Brigadier General by President Truman, according to an Associated Press dispatch from Washington.

Colonel Burns, who recently was awarded the French Croix de Guerre, is a Commanding Officer in the Eighth Air Force Combat Bomb Wing. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Bronze Star.

He entered the Army Air Forces in October 1928 and received his pilot training at Kelly Field, Texas. He was commissioned in October 1929. 

In the spring of 1939, Colonel Burns was sent to Chili on a U.S. military mission, where he remained until early in 1943. He went there as a Captain and was successively promoted to a Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and Colonel. The military mission gave instruction and advice to the Chilean government in the development and operation of its Army Air Corps.

In June 1943, he was sent to England.

Before his service in Chili, Colonel Burns was stationed at Selfridge Field, MI; Wheeler Field, Hawaii; and Randolph Field, Texas.