Dutch WWII Airwar Researcher Jacobus "Co" de Swart investigated WWII air combat victory claims of German Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Oberleutnant Erich Burkert. De Swart's research found confirmation of those claims, including two USAAF B-17s, one from the 95th Bombardment Group on 17 August 1943, and one from the 96th Bombardment Group on 20 October 1943. This photo Gallery presents the results of the research, as well as the modern day gatherings of the descendants of the combatants and witnesses to these events. Among the researchers de Swart collaborated with to fill some voids were the Belgian team at The Comet Network.

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German Luftwaffe /JG 26 Oblt. Erich M. Burkert/ 1943

167 img001a_001.jpg 166 Burkert Jr R studying family archive with Co de SwartThumbnails21 Jan. 1944 :Fighterpilot Erich Burkert KIA over Laon, N-France166 Burkert Jr R studying family archive with Co de SwartThumbnails21 Jan. 1944 :Fighterpilot Erich Burkert KIA over Laon, N-France166 Burkert Jr R studying family archive with Co de SwartThumbnails21 Jan. 1944 :Fighterpilot Erich Burkert KIA over Laon, N-France166 Burkert Jr R studying family archive with Co de SwartThumbnails21 Jan. 1944 :Fighterpilot Erich Burkert KIA over Laon, N-France

Oblt. Erich Burkert 71 combat missions. Served in Russia 6/43 where he is thought to have six additional victories. His 1st western victory, a "4 mot" victory, B-17 42-30274 of 95BG, 335BS at Mol/Dessel,Belgium on 17 August, 1943, while in 7 Staffel. Belgium. His 2nd "4 mot" victory, while in 9 Staffel, B-17F # 42-3439 of 96BG, 413BS on 20 October, 1943, 3 km southest of Utrecht. It was flown by 2/Lt Charles F. Geyer and crashed in the village of De Bilt. Navigator 2/Lt Wm.J.Doherty and TG S/Sgt Frank Killarney evaded capture, after bailing from their crippled AC, with the help of Dutchman Richard van Nunen, at the risk of his own life, by German soldiers already out looking for the two Americans. In 9 Staffel, he was KIA 21 January, 1944 near Chievres-en-Lannois France, NE of Laon, in his Me 109G-6 in aerial combat with a P-47 of the 353rd FG, flown by Ace, Walter C. Beckham. Letter and photo from Co De Swart on file re: Burkert. Buried in Bourdin. Fr.,
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