American Ex-Prisoners of War
A not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organization advocating for former prisoners of war and their families.

Established April 14, 1942

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Burke, Virgil L.
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After the War ...
My husband, Lt. Col. Virgil Burke, was a B-24 bomber pilot in the 515th Bomb Squadron-376th Bomb Group in the 15TH Army Air Force during World War II. He was shot down returning from a mission over Regensberg, Germany in December 1943. This was his 25th mission. He was then sent to Stalag Luft I prison.

After leaving the Army Air Force he returned to his hometown in Spencer, South Dakota and remained in the Army Air Force reserve. Being in the reserves meant he was recalled to active duty in 1952 during the Korean War. He then remained in the Air Force, in "SAC" and flew as a pilot in the B-36, the B-47, and the C-47.

Lt. Col. Burke passed away in 1981.

My husband, son, daughter, and I enjoyed "life in the Air Force/Army Air Force"!

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