Woodbury County

Lt. Col. Burton E. McKenzie




Pilot Missing Over Germany

Lieut. Col. B. McKenzie Lost, War Department Reports

Lieut. Col. Burton E. McKenzie, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. McKenzie, 2030 S. St. Aubin Street, a fighter squadron commander with the army air force in Italy, has been missing in action over Germany since February 24, according to word received by the parents Friday night from the war department.

Lieut. Col. McKenzie, a graduate of West Point military academy, had been in Italy about eight months where he was a pilot of a P-38.

A graduate of West Point in 1940, Col. McKenzie received his pilot’s wings at Maxwell field, Montgomery, Ala., in April 1941. After a year of service in Iceland where he was on patrol duty, he was returned to the United States and was an instructor in combat training at Tallahassee, Florida, before being sent to North Africa.

Col. McKenzie was born in Vermillion, S.D. and moved to Sioux City with his parents when he was in junior school. He was graduated from East High School and attended the University of South Dakota one semester before entering West point.

His wife, Mrs. Doris McKenzie and daughter, Sandra Ann, reside at Brooklyn, N.Y.

No details of the mission from which he failed to return are available, the war department said in the message to the parents.

Source: Sioux City Journal, March 19, 1944