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#Name*First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir ForceCommandUnitDateofIncident *See NoteAircraftTypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
4551 BuntingIra J 1st LtO-732146USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-09-26P-47 Thunderbolt0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4552 BurThomas G F / OT00061576USAPilotUSAAF359th Fighter Group369th Fighter Squadron
1944-09-18P-51 Mustang0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4553 BurbeeRussell FieldTechnical SergeantSergeant11078766AmericanRadio OperatorUSAAF8th Air Force446th Bombardment Group (H), 707th Bombardment Squadron (H)1944-07-11B-24 Dissipated DuckH42-94994JU:JBungay (Station #125), Suffolk, EnglandMunich (Mission #466), GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow, Pomerania
4554 BurbridgeCyril HenryFlight Lieutenant103001PilotRAFVRBomber Command692 Sqn
1944-08-25MosquitoXVIMM140P3:?Graveley21:55BerlinThe crew experienced problems after takeoff, with the undercarriage and after getting rid of their 4000 lb bomb, crashed landed at 23:50 at Woodbridge airfield in Suffolk.Survived Gransden Lodge corrected to Graveley by Roy Montrowe 07/2004
4555 BurchRoy VictorPilot OfficerJ/85620Age 28CanadaAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command578Sqn
1944-03-24HalifaxIIILW472LK-HRAF Burn, North Yorkshire1851Berlin See archive report for further details KilledBerlin War Cemetery Grave 5.B. 29Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
4556 BurchG JFlying OfficerBomber Command582Sqn
1944-09-21LancasterIIIPB5126O-Little Staughton1042TrainingCrashed near North WealdKilled
4557 BurchWSergeantBomber Command76Sqn
1944-06-07HalifaxIIIMZ732MP-DHolme on Spalding Moor1910CroixdalleOvershot Carnaby Yorkshire on return
4558 BurchA PSergeantBomber Command77Sqn
1944-02-19HalifaxVLL239KN-AElvington2332LeipzigCrashed near MagdeburgPoW
4559 BurchamA JPilot OfficerBomber Command15Sqn
4560 BurchellE JPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command101Sqn
1944-04-10LancasterIIIDV288SR-QLudford Magna2320AulnoyeEvaderParadie Archive Database
4561 BurchellJSergeantNavigatorRAFVRBomber Command608 Sqn
1944-10-10MosquitoXXVKB4046T:TDownham Market18:12KolnPort engine failed at 100 feet and exercising considerable skill, Fg.Off. Smith force landed at 18:14 in a field just beyond the airfield.Uninjured
4562 BurcherG MPilot OfficerRAAFBomber Command10Sqn
1944-04-27HalifaxIIILV863ZA-OMelbourne105AulnoyeCrashed on take off
4563 BurchettArthur R 'Bill'Flight LieutenantPilotAFC

RAFBomber Command51Sqn
1943-12-20HalifaxIIHR948MH-WSnaith1659FrankfurtCrashed near RaunheimKilledDurnbach War CemeteryParticipated in the famous Hamburg ‘firestorm’ raids prior to making the supreme sacrifice on a raid to Frankfurt in December 1943, when his magnificent bravery allowed three of his crew to bale out.

AFC Citation London Gazette 1.1.1944. The immediate award recommendation states: ‘On the night of 30 August 1943, this Officer was Captain of an aircraft which attacked a target at Munchen-Gladbach. On the return flight, while in the neighbourhood of Ossington at about 4000 feet, Flying Officer Burchett’s aircraft was involved in a collision with a Lancaster. Both port propellors were badly damaged, the port fin and rudder knocked off, one propellor of the Lancaster cutting through the top of the fuselage, the flaps rendered unserviceable and the tail turret damaged. The port outer engine was feathered but the port inner engine continued to give some thrust. All three motors were therefore opened up fully and it was found that control could be maintained with full aileron and rudder flying at 180 miles per hour, though losing height. At any less speed the aircraft became uncontrolllable. It was decided to make an emergency landing at Ossington and an approach was made at 185 I.A.S. with wheels down but without flap. In spite of the fact that the aircraft swung uncontrollably as soon as the motors were cut out, and that the runway was only 1400 yards long, the aircraft was successfully landed without further damage. In performing this feat Flying Officer Burchett showed superb skill and courage.’

Damage to Halifax

Commenced his operational tour with 51Sqn with a sortie to Aachen on the night of 13-14 July 1943. Between then and his death in action in December of the same year, he acted as Captain of Aircraft on 19 missions, the raid on Hamburg on the night of 27-28 July being among the more notable - his aircraft’s entry in the Squadron’s Operational Record Book describes the whole target area as a ‘mass of flames ... the glow from the fires could be seen for close on 200 miles on the way back.’ Burchett and his crew would return there two nights later, and again on the night of 3-4 August, the latter strike marking the end of a concerted effort that resulted in the famous ‘firestorm’ that caused over 40,000 casualties.

Later that month, on a trip to Berlin on the night of 23rd-24th, his Halifax was badly shot up by an enemy night fighter, an incident once more described in the Squadron’s Operational Record Book: ‘Just as the target was approached, an enemy night fighter attacked a Halifax on the starboard side. This Halifax took evasive action and the enemy then turned on our own aircraft. Enemy opened fire at 300 yards, and was replied to by both Gunners, who fired about 200 rounds each. During the attack the Flight Engineer and Rear-Gunner were wounded, and the aircraft sustained damage to the tailplane, rear turret and mainplane, and intercom which became unserviceable. Regardless of this, our Halifax threw off the attacker, who was not seen again, and then went on to bomb the target. The Flight Engineer and Rear-Gunner have been recommended for immediate Distinguished Flying Medals as a result of their devotion to duty in carrying on though wounded.’

It was shortly after this engagement - and an uneventful sortie flown to Nuremburg on the night of 27-28 August - that Burchett won his immediate AFC. The period September to November witnessed raids on Cannes, Frankfurt, Kassel (twice), Mannheim, Munich and Hannover (thrice). Tragically, however, Burchett’s luck ran out in December, on a raid to Frankfurt on the night of the 20th, an incident best described by fellow crew member, Flight Sergeant Brookes: ‘About 30 miles from the target I looked out of the astro dome and I saw another Halifax on the port side above, too close for comfort. I told the skipper and he said “Thanks, Ted,” and moved our aircraft to starboard. Just after this there was an explosion on the starboard side. It sounded like glass bottles bursting and a handful of gravel being thrown on the wing. Arthur called out “Flak” and then checked with each one of us in turn to see that we had not been hit. Then the starboard outer engine burst into flames. We stopped the engine and operated the fire extinguisher button but this had no effect. Then we were hit in the bomb bay and this caught fire, so we jettisoned the bomb load. The Wireless Operator and I were trying to put out the fire when Arthur told Pilot Officer Widdowson [who was a passenger that night] to go because he was in the way. I cannot understand why he did not survive since he went out long before we did. By this time we were coned by the searchlights and there was no way we could continue. The skipper ordered “Abandon” and I was left standing by his side, helping him as best I could. Then he pointed to the port outer engine which had also caught fire and said “Get out, Ted.” The Navigator later said he didn’t know how I made it because we were already at 500 feet when he left. Arthur must have known that when he let go of the control column he wouldn’t have had time to make it to the escape hatch, but he sat there as calmly as if he was driving a bus down the main road. He made the supreme sacrifice for his crew. I wonder how many times this happened over Germany? As I left [to bale out] I looked down towards the rear and I remember seeing red, woolly balls of fire bouncing around inside the fuselage ... as I left the aircraft I could see a long, long trail of fire behind it, like a comet ...’

Mr. and Mrs. Burchett attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace on 20 February 1945, the former receiving from the King his late son’s AFC It would not be until September 1947, however, that the Air Ministry were in a position to confirm to his parents his last resting place: ‘The aircraft in which he was flying crashed on the bank of the River Main between Raunheim and Russelsheim at about 7.45 p.m. on 20 December 1943, and the four crew members who lost their lives were buried several days later in the cemetery at Raunheim. Individual identification was unhappily impossible and our Officers in Germany have been instructed to have the graves marked collectively with the service particulars of all four crew members ...’
4564 BurdenDudley AlbertFlying Officer144193NavigatorDFC

RAFVRCoastal Command248Sqn1944-06-10MosquitoFBVIHR117Not knownRAF PortreathPatrol See archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede War Memorial. Panel 202 Read Archive Report
4565 BurdenJ W SSergeantBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1944-03-15LancasterIIIND708TL-LGraveley1954StuttgartCrashed NiederschopfheimKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
4566 BurdenHugh JamesSergeant1581371BritishNavigatorRAFVRBomber Command462Sqn RAAF
1944-11-02HalifaxIIILL610Z5-URAF RAF Driffield, Yorkshire16:27DusseldorfSee archive report for further details and photographsPoW No: 1131 Camp: Stalag Luft Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia
4567 BurdenDSergeantBomber Command619Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIIILM423PG-HWoodhall Spa2343BerlinAbandoned near KleveKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
4568 BurdenRex R 2nd LtO-513935USAPilotUSAAF356th Fighter Group361st Fighter Squadron: Martlesham Playboys
1944-11-26P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from Nov 1944)1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4569 BurdettN W EPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command550Sqn
1944-04-22LancasterIME581BQ-DNorth Killingholme2243DusseldorfCrashed near Spa {Liege}KilledHeverlee War Cemetery BelgiumParadie Archive Database
4570 BurdettF WSergeantBomber Command12Sqn
1944-02-19LancasterIIIJB609PH-FWickenby2323LeipzigCrashed at Elspeet {Gelderland}KilledHarderwijk General CemeteryNachtjagd War Diaries Volume 1 This aircraft was claimed by Ofw Heinz Vinke (11,/NJG1).Elspeet 15 km North West of Apeldoorn at 4,800m. Time 05:34. This would be his 53rd kill. See Kracker Archive on this site. (Additional information from John Jones)
4571 BurdettJohn CharlesSergeant13344201922Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command640 Sqn
1944-03-24HalifaxIIILW430C8-TLeconfield19:06BerlinClaim by Oblt Karl-Heinz Seeler 5./JG302 - 10km South of Juterbog: 5,800m at 22:57. Crashed in a field located in Gerbis, near Jessen.KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 226Son of John Henry Burdett, and of Mary Jane Burdett, of Laindon, Essex.

A member of the crew of Halifax LW430. The remains of five crew members were discovered and reburied in Plot 14, Row K, Grave 8 of Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery in 2005. Unfortunately, it was not possible to identify the individual airmen.

The story of the recovery of the aircraft/crew available on request.
4572 BurdickClinton D 2nd LtO-715466USAPilotUSAAF356th Fighter Group361st Fighter Squadron: Martlesham Playboys
1944-12-05P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from Nov 1944)1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4573 BurdickClinton D 2nd LtO-715466USAPilotUSAAF356th Fighter Group361st Fighter Squadron: Martlesham Playboys
1945-01-14P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from Nov 1944)2 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4574 BurdickClinton D 1st LtO-715466USAPilotUSAAF356th Fighter Group361st Fighter Squadron: Martlesham Playboys
1945-02-20P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from Nov 1944)2.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4575 BurdonJ W SSergeantBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1944-01-19HalifaxIIHX169TL-ATrainingCrash landed near Yelling Hunts
4576 BurdsallGSergeantBomber Command51Sqn
1944-02-19HalifaxIIILW481MH-XSnaith.0004.LeipzigCrashed near StendalPoW
4577 BurfordLindsay Rutland 'Sam'Flight SergeantAUS/437391Air/GnrRAAFBomber Command514Sqn
1944-08-12LancasterILM180JI-GRAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire2144Russelheim See archive report for further details Evaded - returned to UK in September 1944None - survived the war Archive Report
4578 BurgerTFlight LieutenantDFC

Bomber Command7Sqn
1944-01-28LancasterIIIJB717MG-VOakington2358BerlinKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery
4579 BurgesNorman George AlbertFlight Sergeant432109AustraliaRAAF103Sqn RAF
1944-08-26RAAF Honour Roll
4580 BurgessN G AFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command103Sqn
1944-08-25LancasterIIIND632PM-Elsham Wolds2013RusselsheimCrashed at FordKilledBrookwood Military Cemetery
4581 BurgessT JPilot OfficerRAAFBomber Command207Sqn
1944-04-20LancasterIIIND564EM-HSpilsby2212la ChapelleKilledClichy New Communal Cemetery
4582 BurgessM RFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command50Sqn
4583 BurgessGeorge FrederickSergeant1624834Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command115 Sqn
1944-10-06LancasterILL880KO:DRAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire16:45DortmundSee Archive report for detailsKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 8.A.15
4584 BurgessAlanSergeant1819813Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command622Sqn
1944-02-11LancasterILL803GI-SRAF Mildenhall, Suffolk1125Homberg Shot down by flak - see archive report KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Collective grave 2.D.8 Read Archive Report
4585 BurgessH T BFlight SergeantRCAFBomber Command207Sqn
1944-07-07LancasterIIIND567EM-VSpilsby2245St-LeuCrashed at Sancourt {Oise}KilledMarissel French National Cemetery Paradie Archive Database
4586 BurgessR RFlight LieutenantJ/7612RCAFFighter406Sqn RCAF
1944-07-25MosquitoNF30MM728RangerKilledRiaille Communal Cemetery Loire FranceParadie Archive Database
4587 BurgessC WWing CommanderRCAFBomber Command427Sqn RCAF
1944-04-10HalifaxIIILV883ZL-MLeeming2030GentAbandoned & crashed near IpswichInjured Paradie Archive Database
4588 BurgessFred AndrewFlight SergeantJ/86794Born on the 17th January 1923 Age 21CanadaAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command432Sqn RCAF
1944-07-28HalifaxVIINP702QO-BRAF East Moor, North Yorkshire2241Hamburg See archive report for full details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 249
Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
4589 BurgessJFlight SergeantRNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1944-07-20LancasterIME752AA-ZMepal2343HombergCrashed at Heythuysen {Limburg}PoW
4590 BurgessNeil ConwayFlight SergeantNZ/4212641Age 21New Zealand NavigatorRNZAFBomber Command1651 Heavy Conversion Unit1944-10-18Stirling IIILK488QQ-E RAF Wrattling Common, Cambridgeshire 2305Training See archive report for further details KilledHarrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. Sec. H. Row A. Grave 19
courtesy courtesy Auckland Cenotaph
Read Archive Report
4591 BurgessA ASergeantBomber Command102Sqn (Ceylon)
1944-01-28HalifaxIIJD165DY-SPocklington.0016.BerlinDitched in North SeaInjured
4592 BurgessR FSergeantBomber Command158Sqn
1944-07-17HalifaxIIIMZ286NP-XLissett334CaenCrashed in Bridlington BayKilled
4593 BurgessRobert OrvilleFlight Lieutenant119467NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command192 Sqn
1944-06-27MosquitoIVDK327DT:NFoulsham00:10BSOperations around Vitry-le-Francois. Badly shot about and crash-landed 02:53 at Friston airfield in Sussex. No inuries reportedUninjured
4594 BurgessA GFlying OfficerBomber Command514Sqn
1944-07-24LancasterIIIPB185JI-F2Waterbeach2145StuttgartCrashed at TrierKilledRunnymede
4595 BurgessFredFlight Sergeant1436225Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command576 Sqn
1944-05-03LancasterIME586UL:B2Elsham Wolds21:38Mailly-le-CampEnroute to the target the aircraft was shot down at Oeuilly (Marne), 9 km WNW of the town Epernay and on the southern edge of Parc Regional de la MontagneKiAOeuilly Communal Cemetery Grave 3
Courtesy of CWGC
Son of George and Annie Burgess, of Thornton, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
4596 BurgessNoel VincentSergeant1591083Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command576 Sqn
1944-03-24LancasterIIILM469UL-E2Elsham Wolds19:00BerlinShot down. Exploded and crashed at Kohra, 3 km from Naunhof where those who died were initially buried on 28th March 1944KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 1 Row Z Grave 9
4597 BurgessJohn RaymondSergeant15897231925Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command619 Sqn
1944-05-03LancasterIIIJB134PG:GDunholme Lodge21:47Mailly-le-CampClaim by Hptm Helmut Bergmann 8/NJG4 - Chateau-Thierry - Conde-en-Brie area, 50-60km South East FF Chamaleon: 3,600m at 00:15. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 2 - Theo Boiten). Crashed Courboin (Aisne) 10 km SE of Chateau-Thierry.KilledCourboin Communal Cemetery Collective Grave Son of Alfred and Clara Burgess, of Rusholme, Manchester
4598 BurgessW J HFlight SergeantBomber Command7Sqn
4599 BurgessR HSergeantBomber Command97Sqn (Straits Settlements)
4600 BurgessThomas JamesPilot Officer409663AustraliaRAAF207Sqn RAF
1944-04-21RAAF Honour Roll

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