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10.06.1944 No. 248 Squadron Mosquito FBVI HR117 Fl/Lt. Jeffreys D.F.C. Loss of crew

Operation: U-Boat Patrol

Date: 10th June 1944 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 248 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Mosquito FBVI

Serial: HR117

Base: RAF Portreath

Location: Ushant, Island off France.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Edmund Henry Jeffreys DFC 116717 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Navigator: F/O. Dudley Albert Burden 144193 RAFVR Age 25. Killed 

We  are pleased that the family of F/O. Burden have made contact with us in December 2013. The family donated a selection of items to the Norfolk and Suffolk Museum, Flixton (see links) We hope to have further information to add to this remembrance page.


During attacks on U-821 by 4 mosquitoes these aircraft used so much force off Ushant that the crew abandoned ship! The U-Boat was then sank by a Liberator V from 206 squadron at 11.45 hrs.

Later on that afternoon a follow up strike was called in, the motor launch that picked up the survivors of the U-821 crew fired on Mosquito HR117, shooting it down. The launch was then quickly sank by the mollins canons from the other Mosquitoes. 50 people were killed with a single person surviving. 

Left: Memorial near the crash site (courtesy Roland Grard)

Right: Michel Guillot, a local eye witness to the Mosquito crash, who, then aged 16, lived in the area. 

After the war Michael had to leave the Island returning to the mainland for work. When he retired in 2002 he returned to his home. He has never forgotten this event on that Saturday and decided to honour this crew with this memorial. He approached the Ministry of Defence for permission and approval, after this was granted, he commissioned the memorial shown. Since 2006 this has been placed in the cemetery of Ouessant. (Courtesy Jean-Claude Langevin)


Above: Navigator F/O. Dudley Burden and right, presentation made at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum (courtesy Allan Beesley)


L.A.C. Burden 1st left, during initial training in 1941 (courtesy Allan Beesley)


       View of the crash site (courtesy Jean-Claude Langevin)


LR347 flown by Fl/Lt S.G. Nunn on this attack, seen here a few weeks later returning from another strike on 16th July 1944 with port engine feathered and tail hit by flak, the aircraft crash landed back at Portreath.


            Straffing against a "U" Boat and right the commander, Oblt. Ulrich Knackfuss U-821


Memorial to Fl/Lt. Edmund Henry Jeffreys D.F.C. and others from his family (courtesy of Geoffrey R. Gillon) This family memorial stands in the parish Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist at Doddington, Kent.

Burial details:

Fl. Lt. Edmund Henry Jeffreys D.F.C. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 202. Son of Captain Robin Edmund Jeffreys, R.N. D.S.C., and Marjorie Ellenwood Jeffreys, of Great Chesterford, Essex. Brother, Lt. John Darwell Jeffreys also served. Killed 16th August 1943 (although family memorial states 1942?) whilst serving with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers/No. 2. Commando Unit age just 23. Buried at the Catania War Cemetery in Sicily. (Grave I.D.21)

F/O. Dudley Albert Burden. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 202. Son of Elsie Burden, of 37 Bethell Avenue, Canning Town, London, E16, moving later to 54 Waterhall Ave. London E4, England. (Home of her sister)

With many thanks to Roland Grard for photographs of the memorial near the crash site. Thanks to Allan Beesley for information and photographs of the navigator, F/O. Burden was his Uncle. With further information and location photographs from Jean-Claude Langevin and Michel Guillot. Thanks also to Geoffrey R. Gillon for the use of the family memorial photographs taken at St John the Baptist Church, Doddington, Kent. Also, well with the visit, the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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