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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
2051 BuchananD HFlight LieutenantRNZAFBomber Command207 Sqd
2052 BuchananRobert MurrayFlight Lieutenant408622AustraliaRAAF100 Sqd RAAF
1944-12-08RAAF Honour Roll
2053 BuchhornMaxwell HenryAircraftman Class 18594AustraliaRAAFAHQ Far East Attached RAF1944-06-24RAAF Honour Roll
2054 BuchwalterFrederick DavidSergeant13306541922PilotRAFVRBomber Command102 Sqd (Ceylon)
1942-12-06HalifaxIIW7924DY-Pocklington1708MannheimPresumed to have crashed in the seaKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 79Son of Frederick Albert David and Florence Jane Buchwalter, of Reading, Berkshire
2055 BuckP LFlying OfficerAFC

RCAFBomber Command426 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-09HalifaxVIINP741OW-KLinton on Ouse1131Wanne-EickelInjured/diedBergen op Zoom War Cemetery
Paradie Archive Database
2056 BuckbyJohn AlanFlight Sergeant1398205Air BomberRAFVRBomber Command44 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIME804KM-ORAF Dumholme Lodge2326Wesseling See archive report for full details KilledGenk Communal Cemetery Read Archive Report
2057 BuckieD SFlight Lieutenant134731PilotFighter2 Sqd
1944-12-22SpitfireXIVRM811Crashed near OosterbeekKilledArnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery Netherlands
2058 BuckinghamJohn "Buck" AlexanderFlight SergeantR18953729th June 1922 in St. Johns, NewfoundlandCanadianAir Gunner (Rear)RCAFBomber Command433 (Porcupine) Sqn, RCAF
1944-06-14HalifaxIIILV966BM:P "Pride of the Porcupines"Skipton on Swale22:35CambraiClaim by Hptm Josef Krahforst 2/NJG4 - (E) Douai or Lille area (PG or OG): 3,000m at 01:07. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten). The a/c crashed at 02:00 hrs at Saultain (Nord) 5km South East from the centre of Valenciennes.KilledValenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery Plot 1 Row A Grave 21.
Paradie Archive DatabaseSon of Ambrose and Georgina (née Scott) Buckingham from St. Johns Newfoundland, Canada
2059 BucklandJohn AlexanderFlying Officer429646AustraliaRAAF4 Sqd RAAF
1944-06-27RAAF Honour Roll
2060 BucklesClifford R 2nd LtO-815648USAPilotUSAAF65th Fighter Wing357th Fighter Squadron
1944-06-20P-51 Mustang0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2061 BuckleyWilliam EdwardSergeant2221755Air Gunner (Rear)RAFVRBomber Command150 Sqn
1945-02-23LancasterIPB780IQ:THemswellPforzheimPB780 was claimed as a possible by two German night-fighter pilots; Hptm. Gerhard Friedrich, his 25th Abschuss or 26th Abschuss and his third or forth of the night, from Stab I./NJG6 and Oblt. Wilhelm Egel, his 19th Abschuss and one of four of the night from 3./NJG6. The claims were SE of Pforzhelm between 20:12 and 20: 22 hrs. (Nachtjagd War Diaries Volume 2 (April 1944 - May 1945) - Dr Theo E.W. Boiten & Roderick J. Mackenzie)PoW, Unknown camp
2062 BuckleyJ AFlight SergeantBomber Command619 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIIIED859PG-VDunholme Lodge2312WesselingCrashed at HetzerathKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
2063 BucknellG CFlying OfficerRAAFBomber Command97 Sqd (Straits Settlements)
1944-06-08LancasterIIIND840OF-JConingsby918Bois de CassanCrashed at Eaubonne {Val d'Oise}KilledClichy New Communal Cemetery
2064 BucknellGeoffrey CharlesFlying Officer421311AustraliaRAAF97 Sqd (Straits Settlements)
1944-08-06RAAF Honour Roll
2065 BućkoJulianPlutonowy StrzelecSergeantP.794894Born 21 February 1909 Pogorzelce Belarus (Age 34 when killed)PolandAir GunnerMedal Lotniczy

PAFBomber Command1586 Special Duties Flight SOE1944-01-06Consolidated LiberatorlllBZ949GR-TRAF Brindisi, ItalyGrottaglie airfield, Italy Aircraft was unable to find the receiving post for Supply drop in gale force winds. Severely iced-up, the aircraft hit a mountain near Villa Castelli, whilst attempting to land at Grottaglie airfield, Italy. The entire crew were killed. Location : Italy. Killed on Operational Flight PAF Memorial, Northolt, Originally buried in Cemetery at Brindisi. Later exhumed and buried in Polish War Cemetery, Casamassima, five miles from Bari, Italy
Archiwum Polish Database
2066 BuddP ASergeantBomber Command149 Sqd
1944-06-24StirlingIIILM394OJ-DMethwold2325RuisseauvilleCrashed at Lisbourg {Pas-de-Calais}KilledFruges Communal Cemetery
2067 BudrewiczRyszard PPorucznik Flight LieutenantP-1594 / 78341118.02.1918 Wilno LithuaniaPolandPilotKrzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

PAFFighter Command306 Sqd Polish
1944-06-08MustangIIIFZ197UZ-WRamrod 982See archive reportSurvived. Died 08.1992 New Zealand Archiwum Polish Database
2068 BudrewiczRyszard PPorucznik Flight LieutenantP-1594 / 783411 (Age 26)18.02.1918 Wilno LithuaniaPolandPilotKrzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

PAFFighter Command306 Sqd Polish
1944-06-23MustangIIIFZ163UZ-XSee archive reportPoW No. 6495 Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria
Died 08.1992 New Zealand
Archiwum Polish Database
2069 BuellC MFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-12-28LancasterIIIPB634SR-ULudford Magna1522BonnKilledRheinberg War CemeteryParadie Archive Database
2070 BuggTheodore AlexanderFlight LieutenantJ/11316CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-12TyphoonIbMN687F3-SB-9 LantheuilArmed recceHit by flak, crashed at CalavadosKilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xviii. H. 13. France
Accident report
2071 BuglassG CPilot OfficerBomber Command102 Sqd (Ceylon)
2072 BujacB G DFlying OfficerBomber Command207 Sqd
1944-06-09LancasterIME678EM-NSpilsby2152EtampesCrashed at la Feuillie {Seine-Maritime}KilledMarissel French National Cemetery
2073 BukerJames Ee 1st LtO-711940USAPilotUSAAF373rd Fighter Group411th Fighter Squadron1944-12-26P-47 Thunderbolt1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2074 BukowskiJozefPlutonowy Mechanic PokladowySergeantP.793205Born 15 December 1913 Leksandrowa Bochnia (Age 30 when killed)PolandFlight EngineerKrzyż Walecznych

Brazowy Krzyż Zasługi

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

PAF Bomber Command300 Sqd (Polish)
1944-06-30Avro LancasterIIIED814BH-NRAF Faldingworth22:18VierzonTook off from Faldingworth 22.16 30 June 1944 on an Operation to bomb railway yards at Vierzon. Shot down by a German night fighter and crashed near Beauvilliers, Loir-et-Cher, 5 km North West from Ouceques at 03.17.. Location : France. Killed in Action, on Operational Flight PAF Memorial, Northolt, Originally buried in the Military Plot at Beauvilliers, 30 miles from Orleans, but were later moved to the Polish Field of Honour at Grainville-Langannieres, Calvados, France
Archiwum Polish Database
2075 BulcockFrancis EdwardCorporal24205AustraliaRAAF451 Sqd RAAF
1944-05-12RAAF Honour Roll
2076 BullLeonard JamesSergeant1606722Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command576 Sqn
1944-12-28LancasterINN750UL:M2RAF Fiskerton, Lincolnshire15:17BonnSee archive report for further detailsKilledDilton Marsh (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Grave 188
2077 BullF WFlight SergeantBomber Command103 Sqd
1944-07-12LancasterIIIPA999PM-SElsham Wolds2131RevignyCrashed at Veel {Meuse}KilledVeel
2078 BullRSergeantBomber Command419 Sqd RCAF
1944-05-12LancasterXKB710VR-WMiddleton St George2155LeuvenCrashed Sint-Genesius-Rode {Brabant}KilledBrussels Town Cemetery
2079 BullanceH CFlying OfficerPilotFighter266 Sqd
2080 BullochCharles HenryFlying OfficerJ17395CanadianWireless Operator/Air GunnerDFM

RCAFBomber Command35 Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1943-06-28HalifaxIIHR850TL:SGraveley23:09KolnHR850 was claimed by Ofw. Fritz Schellwat, his 14th Abschuss, from 5./NJG1, 600m south of Ülppenich, 8 km west fo Euskirchen at 02:10 hrs. Also claimed by Flak units but the victory was confirmed for Schellwat on the 20th December 1944. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (23 June - 22 September) 1943 Part 2 - Theo Boiten)PoW No. 1692, Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-SilesiaParadie Archive DatabaseDFM awarded to R79195 Flt Sgt Bulloch whilst with 10 Sqn, gazetted 18th May 1943
2081 BullochE KSergeantRCAFBomber Command467 Sqd RAAF
1944-09-12LancasterILL789PO-PWaddington1913StuttgartCrashed at PfahlbronnKilledDurnbach War CemeteryParadie Archive Database
2082 BullockHarold ReubenSergeant2206159Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command635 Sqn
1944-08-26LancasterIIIND355F2:WDownham Market20:11KielND 355 was claimed as a probable by Gottfried Schneider, his 14th Abschuss and his 2nd of three that night, from 1./NJG3 - North of Schleswig: 5.500m at 23:12 hrs. Coned by Flak searchlight (“Lancaster Damp” 23:10”) (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (24 July 1944 - 15 October 1944) Part 4 - Theo Boiten)PoW No. 5277, Stalag Luft 1
2083 BulmerJ HFlight Sergeant179305NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command77 Sqn
1944-06-16HalifaxIIIMZ698KN-JFull Sutton2320SterkradeSee Archive ReportPoW No.349, Stalag Luft 7, Bankau near Kreuzberg, Silesia, Germany.
2084 BundyLincoln Delmar Second LieutenantPilot OfficerO-80499612th February 1918, Mount Trumbull, ArizonaAmericanPilotPH

8th Air ForceUS Army Air Force486th Fighter Squadron (352nd Fighter Group)1944-06-10P-51 MustangB43-7153 'Rauk-et'PZ-RBodney (Station #141), Norfolk, EnglandArea patrolSee Archive Report for detailsMurderedTablets of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge

Rom Communal Cemetery, Collective Grave 1-26, Departement des Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes, France

2085 BuningJ JFlying OfficerBomber Command90 Sqd
1944-12-21LancasterING323WP-JLossiemouthTransitCrashed at Tuddenham
2086 BunkerA ASergeantBomber Command12 Sqd
1941-06-27WellingtonIIW5391PH-ABinbrook2300BremenLost without trace Killed
2087 BunnK JFlying OfficerBomber Command76 Sqd
1944-06-28HalifaxIIIMZ736MP-SHolme on Spalding Moor2226BlainvilleCrashed at Sacy-le-Grand {Oise}KilledCreil Communal Cemetery
2088 BuntEugeneSergeantR/261281Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command18 OTU
1944-06-27WellingtonIIIZ1592WP-?RAF Finningley, Yorkshire1335Cross country training sortieAircraft caught fireKilledHarrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row G. Grave 18Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
2089 BuntingIra J 1st LtO-732146USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-06-21P-47 Thunderbolt0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
2090 BurbridgeAlbert GeorgeSergeant951997Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1941-06-12WellingtonIcT2996PM-CNewton2300Osnabruck Crashed at Zwaagdijk Wervershoof KilledJonkerbos War Cemetery. Grave 23.1.4
2091 BurchWSergeantBomber Command76 Sqd
1944-06-07HalifaxIIIMZ732MP-DHolme on Spalding Moor1910CroixdalleOvershot Carnaby Yorkshire on return
2092 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
2093 BurchettArthur R 'Bill'Flight LieutenantPilotAFC

RAFBomber Command51 Sqd
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 51 Sqd 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 ...’
2094 BurdenDudley AlbertFlying Officer144193NavigatorDFC

RAFVRCoastal Command248 Sqd1944-06-10MosquitoFBVIHR117Not knownRAF PortreathPatrol See archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede War Memorial. Panel 202 Read Archive Report
2095 BurdettF WSergeantBomber Command12 Sqd
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)
2096 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.
2097 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)
2098 BurfordLindsay Rutland 'Sam'Flight SergeantAUS/437391Air/GnrRAAFBomber Command514 Sqd
1944-08-12LancasterILM180JI-GRAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire2144Russelheim See archive report for further details Evaded - returned to UK in September 1944None - survived the war Archive Report
2099 BurgessM RFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command50 Sqd
2100 BurgessGeorge FrederickSergeant W/Op Air Gunner1624834RAFVRBomber Command115 Sqd
1944-10-06LancasterILL880KO-DRAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire1645Dortmund Probably shot down by flak in target area KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 8.A.15 Read Archive Report

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