Burleigh Edward Curtis was born on February 24, 1922 in Freeport, Cumberland County, Maine. He entered the military service in Massachusetts and served in the 377th Squadron, 362nd Fighter Bomber Group as a First Lieutenant during World War II.
1Lt Curtis, pilot of the P-47 Thunderbolt 42-75227, took off from station 412 in Headcorn, Kent, UK on a bombing mission over the Briouze bridge. He flew too low on his run and was taken out by his own bombs.
He was identified as "Missing" on June 13, 1944, but, through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of 1st Lt. Burleigh E. Curtis, were accounted for in 2018. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at Brittany American Cemetery. Burleigh is now buried in the Chase Cemetery, Windham Center, Cumberland County, Maine, USA.
When an individualís remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.
Source of information: www.findagrave.com, www.abmc.gov