BURROUGHS, Paul Justin (1920-1941), radio man first class, was a passenger, and one of three men killed in two jets that collided off San Clemente Island on June 6, 1941. Burroughs was 20 years old.
Burroughs is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, Iowa.
In the News~
June 7, 1941 [Arizona Independent Republic]: “San Diego, June 6 — Death of three navy fliers in a mid-air crash of two torpedo bombing planes was announced today by authorities at the San Diego navy base. A fourth man was critically injured. The planes, operating from the cruiser Chester, crashed late yesterday, it was announced, during practice over the Pacific Ocean near San Clemente Island. The dead: Ensign Thomas H. Tepuni, 27 years old, 969 Bay Street, San Francisco; Paul Justin Burroughs, 20, first class radioman, Albion. Iowa; Otto Henry Wilkenning, 25, also a radio operator, Nebraska. In the naval hospital was Ensign Jack Russell Egan, who parachuted into the ocean. Tepuni and Egan, both reserve fliers, were piloting the planes.”