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Possible Dutch RAF Casualty: No Data Found Yet

1942-03-26 Loss of Ernest Burcht

The Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie (NIOD), Amsterdam, holds a database with 25.192 names of Dutch War casualties. In this we have found the name of

Lt. Vl. Burcht, Ernest Martin

This name was found by NIOD in an Dutch Army Roll of Honour, mentioned without any more detail. The name has not been found in any other database, including those of OGS, CWGC, NIMH, MLD, and BRIOP. We do not know a Squadron, or the location of death, or birth data. We do not know where, if at all, this casualty is buried. The information may be in error. However, it is thinkable that E.M. Burcht arrived in the UK from abroad, and was not recognized as Dutch by the Ministerie van Oorlog. This happened to H.W. Pronk. Considering the reported date of death, it is thinkable that E.M. Burcht died during flying training, which could explain the absence of a Squadron number. It is also possible that the name should be placed in the ML-KNIL group, and that he died as a result of a non-operational cause, such as disease.


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