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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 Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
4501 BulowK GSergeantBomber Command427 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-12HalifaxIIILW135ZL-RLeeming2310ArrasCrashed at Foncquevillers {Pas-de-Calais}Evader
4502 BumpsteadAFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1944-03-24LancasterIIIND463AR-SBinbrook1846BerlinCrashed near SchotmarKilledHannover War Cemetery
4503 BumpsteadAlan Flight Sergeant418917AustraliaRAAF460 Sqd RAAF
1944-03-25RAAF Honour Roll
4504 BumsteadG AFlight LieutenantRCAFBomber Command424 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-09HalifaxIIIMZ802QB-GSkipton on Swale1655BochumPoW Paradie Archive Database
4505 BumsteadGeorge WilliamSergeant1852441Age 19UKFlight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command514 Sqd
1944-07-20LancasterILM181JI-ERAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire2308HombergSee archive report for further detailsKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 15.D.11Son of George Henry and Ethel Kate Bumstead of Hastings, Sussex, England. Attended Mount Pleasant Junior School, Manor Road, Hastings, England also remembered on the Alexandra Park War Memorial in Hastings, England. Grave inscription: 'His Life A Beautiful Memory, His Death A Silent Grief'.
4506 BuncherJ ASergeantBomber Command166 Sqd
1944-04-27LancasterILL903AS-BKirmington2130FriedrichshafenCrashed Heiteren {Haut-Rhin}KilledHeiteren Communal Cemetery
4507 Bundgaard1st LtO-763483USAPilotUSAAF339th Fighter Group: The Chequers505th Fighter Squadron1944-11-21P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4508 Bundgaard1st LtO-763483USAPilotUSAAF339th Fighter Group: The Chequers505th Fighter Squadron1944-11-26P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4509 BundyLincoln Delmar Second LieutenantPilot OfficerO-80499612th February 1918, Mount Trumbull, ArizonaAmericanPilotPH

USAAF 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

4510 BungayWilliam Flight Sergeant417989AustraliaRAAF6 OTU Nowra1944-01-26RAAF Honour Roll
4511 BuningJ JFlying OfficerBomber Command90 Sqd
1944-12-21LancasterING323WP-JLossiemouthTransitCrashed at Tuddenham
4512 BunkerR RFlight SergeantBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1944-05-21LancasterILL951AR-CBinbrook2229DuisburgCrashed Zundert {Noord-Brabant}KilledZundert Protestant Churchyard
4513 BunnK JFlying OfficerBomber Command76 Sqd
1944-06-28HalifaxIIIMZ736MP-SHolme on Spalding Moor2226BlainvilleCrashed at Sacy-le-Grand {Oise}KilledCreil Communal Cemetery
4514 BunnI GPilot OfficerBomber Command78 Sqd
1944-02-19HalifaxIIILW367EY-LBreighton.0011.LeipzigCrashed near Kallinkote {Overijssel}KilledSteenwijkerwold {Kallenkote] General Cemetery
4515 BunnagarMauricePilot Officer1711856PilotRAFVRBomber Command9 Sqn
1944-05-11LancasterIIIND951WS:ZBardney22:36Bourg-LeopoldOn the outbound journey, shot down by night-fighter. Crashed at Wilsele (Brabant) in the northern outskirts of LeuvenKiAWilsele Churchyard Row B. Grave 4Son of Fred and Joyce Bunnagar, of Irby, Cheshire
4516 BunnellP JSergeantBomber Command10 Sqd
1944-01-09HalifaxIIIMZ847ZA-AMelbourne611LumbresForce landed at Manston and damaged
4517 BunneyKenneth RalphFlying Officer136328Age 30Navigator RAFVRBomber Command161 Sqd
1944-07-05HudsonIIIAFK780 (Also listed as FK790)MA-RRAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire2350Operation Fives 1 See archive report for full details KilledWonseradeel Protestant Churchyard (Makkum) Row O. Grave 38

Courtesy Bob Body

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4518 BunneyNorman ASergeant373575961924AmericanTail GunnerUSAAF8th Air Force358th Bomber Squadron (303rd Bombardment Group (H))1944-08-15B-17 Bad pennyG42-31183VK-YMolesworth (Station #107), Cambridgeshire, EnglandWiesbaden airfields (Mission #554), GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow, Pomerania
4519 BunsterA HFlying OfficerBomber Command640 Sqd
4520 BuntEugeneSergeantR261281Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command18 OTU
1944-06-27WellingtonIIIZ1592WP:?RAF Finningley, Yorkshire13:35Cross country training sortieSee Archive report for detailsKilledHarrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row G. Grave 18Paradie Archive Database
4521 BunteAllen F 1st LtO-885497USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group334th Fighter Squadron: Fighting Eagles
1944-03-08P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from mid 1944)1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4522 BunteAllen F 1st LtO-885497USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group334th Fighter Squadron: Fighting Eagles
1944-03-23P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from mid 1944)1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4523 BunteAllen F 1st LtO-885497USAPilotUSAAF4th Fighter Group334th Fighter Squadron: Fighting Eagles
1944-03-29P-47 Thunderbolt. (P-51 Mustang from mid 1944)1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4524 BuntingE NSquadron Leader60523DFC

RNZAFFighter485 Sqd RNZAF
1944-07-29MosquitoNFXIIMM467PatrolCrashed at St RemyKilledSt- Remy Churchyard France
4525 BuntingW FPilot OfficerDFM

Bomber Command582 Sqd
1944-07-28LancasterIIIND8106O-RLittle Staughton2230StuttgartCrashed at HeimerdingenKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
4526 BuntingD E VFlight SergeantBomber Command7 Sqd
1944-01-14LancasterIIIJA905MG-VOakington1653BraunschweigKilledHannover War Cemetery
4527 BuntingIra J 1st LtO-732146USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-06-21P-47 Thunderbolt0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4528 BuntingIra J 1st LtO-732146USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-09-26P-47 Thunderbolt0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4529 BurThomas G F / OT00061576USAPilotUSAAF359th Fighter Group369th Fighter Squadron
1944-09-18P-51 Mustang0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource:
ETO (European Theatre)
4530 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
4531 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
4532 BurchRoy VictorPilot OfficerJ/85620Age 28CanadaAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command578 Sqd
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
4533 BurchG JFlying OfficerBomber Command582 Sqd
1944-09-21LancasterIIIPB5126O-Little Staughton1042TrainingCrashed near North WealdKilled
4534 BurchWSergeantBomber Command76 Sqd
1944-06-07HalifaxIIIMZ732MP-DHolme on Spalding Moor1910CroixdalleOvershot Carnaby Yorkshire on return
4535 BurchA PSergeantBomber Command77 Sqd
1944-02-19HalifaxVLL239KN-AElvington2332LeipzigCrashed near MagdeburgPoW
4536 BurchamA JPilot OfficerBomber Command15 Sqd
4537 BurchellE JPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-04-10LancasterIIIDV288SR-QLudford Magna2320AulnoyeEvaderParadie Archive Database
4538 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
4539 BurcherG MPilot OfficerRAAFBomber Command10 Sqd
1944-04-27HalifaxIIILV863ZA-OMelbourne105AulnoyeCrashed on take off
4540 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 ...’
4541 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
4542 BurdenJ W SSergeantBomber Command35 Sqd (Madras Presidency)
1944-03-15LancasterIIIND708TL-LGraveley1954StuttgartCrashed NiederschopfheimKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
4543 BurdenH JSergeantBomber Command462 Sqd RAAF
4544 BurdenDSergeantBomber Command619 Sqd
1944-01-01LancasterIIILM423PG-HWoodhall Spa2343BerlinAbandoned near KleveKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
4545 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)
4546 BurdettN W EPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command550 Sqd
1944-04-22LancasterIME581BQ-DNorth Killingholme2243DusseldorfCrashed near Spa {Liege}KilledHeverlee War Cemetery BelgiumParadie Archive Database
4547 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)
4548 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.
4549 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)
4550 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)

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