The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for November,
"We shouted with joy when a naval
patrol ship rescued those in our lifeboat
and thirteen on a life raft at seven o'clock
the next morning. We were then safely
landed at a Caribbean port."
Brother Mangold finished his course
at the University of Wisconsin in 1940
and immediately enlisted in the Navy;
he received his ensign's commission December 12, 1940. He was president of
Wisconsin Alpha in his senior year, and
served as rushing chairman for two years.
His work in this capacity is largely responsible for the pledging of the boys
who are now making such brilliant records for their chapter.
Courage and Quick Thinking
By RICHARD EDGAR OSMER, Michigan
NOTHER epic chapter in American able movement of the ship. Finally
aviation history was added when Australia was sighted, they found their
Lt. Barrie Burnside brought his severely base and Burnside brought the bomber
damaged twin-engined bomber and his in with a perfect three-point landing.
wounded crew back to Australia after a
Inspection revealed bullet holes from
raid up into New Guinea. Such feats as nose to tail and smashed parts all over
his are rapidly expanding a noteworthy the plane. Mechanics marvelled that the
list of members of A who distin- plane stayed in the air, much less flew
guish themselves in the line of duty.
the hundreds of miles back to the squadBurnside, a bomber pilot in the Army ron base. He saved his crew and his ship
Air Corps, was returning from a raid by quick thinking, good judgment and
over New Guinea; the co-pilot was han- great, courageous skill. America salutes
dling the controls. Suddenly a group of men like Lieutenant Burnside who are
five Japanese zero fighters dived on the proving to the world what the Yanks
squadron of American bombers. Every can do.
member of Burnside's crew was hit exBarrie, or "the Baron," as we all knew
cept himself, the co-pilot was killed, the him, came to Michigan State from Flint
feathering apparatus for the propellor Central High School in the fall of 1938.
was smashed, and the elevator was all He pledged A that same fall and
but shot away. Burnside lifted his dead took active initiation winter tenn. He led
comrade from the seat and took the con- the Fraternity swimming team to victory
trols. The plane was in a crazy dive, so that winter and again the following year.
crazy that the Japs thought it He served as secretary during his second
would certainly crash. One hundred feet year and as assistant rushing chairman.
above the ocean he righted the plane. During the summer of 1940 he enlisted
The smashed controls failed to answer, in the Army Air Corps and took his
though, when he tried to gain altitude. final training at Mitchell Field, Texas.
He ordered the wounded crew to throw His first assignment was at Langley Field,
everything moveable overboard, which Virginia, then Honolulu (after Pearl
they manfully did. Then Burnside Harbor) and today he is based "someordered them back into the far where in Australia." He was married in
back as they could he gained a January and his wife resides in Hawaii.
little altitude. More trouble came when
On his several visits back to the chapan engine failed. The plane began to ter, he often told of the great thrill of
side-slip drunkenly and vibrate badly as flying a bomber. He has thrilled us all
a result. He used the crew as ballast, with his great flying on that memorable
shifting them with each new, unpredict- day!