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Capt Edward B. Burdett (center) and two member of the 35PRS smile for the camera by one of the squadron's F-5E aircraft (Courtesy 142FW)

Capt. Edward B. Burdett (center) and two member of the 35PRS smile for the camera by one of the squadron’s F-5E aircraft, China, WWII (Courtesy 142FW)

It first appeared in World War II, as seen on the nose of this 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron Lockheed F-5E-2-LO Photo Lightning in China, circa late 1944. Here, two unidentified aircraft mechanics flank Captain Edward B. “Shifty” Burdett. As an F-5 pilot, Burdett flew with the squadron’s “H” Flight at Suichuan, commanded “H” Flight at Chanyi, and “F” Flight at Lao Wang Ping, before completing his combat flying tour of duty in April, 1945. A typical detached flight of the squadron, operating at a forward air base, had a dozen officers, some 40 enlisted men and four F-5 aircraft to accomplish its mission. (Text and image from the June 19, 2013 “Spotlight on History” posting on the 142d Fighter Wing’s Facebook page)
Note:  Edward Burdett stayed on in the Air Force after WWII, serving until he was lost in action while flying a 388TFW F-105 Thunderchief over North Vietnam on 18 November 1967.
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