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16th August 1944 74 Squadron Spitfire LF.IXE NH374 W/O. Burman

Operation: Sweep

Date: 16th August 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 74 Squadron (motto: 'I Fear No Man') 145 Wing, 84 Group 2nd tactical Air Force.

Type: Spitfire LF.IXE

Serial: NH374

Code: 4D-R

Base: RAF Tangmere, Sussex

Location: Rœun, France

Pilot: W/O. Dennis Cecil Burman NZ/404889 RNZAF Age 23. Murdered


Taking off at 07:15 hrs with eleven others on a sweep over Cambrai-Laon area, also accompanied by 329 Squadron.

Whilst attacking a rail convoy of tanks between Arras and Waziers hit by anti-aircraft fire. Although wounded W/O. Burman managed to bale out of his Spitfire landing at Rœux.

He immediately surrendered on landing due to his wounds. However it seems that he was shot on the spot by an SS officer.

Burial details:

W/O. Dennis Cecil Burman. Biache-St. Vaast Communal Cemetery. Grane 3. Born on the 07th October 1920 at Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. Enlisted on the 01st December 1940 at Levin. A clerk for State Advances Corporation. Son of Cecil Richard and Nellie Burman (née Gardiner), of Invercargill, New Zealand. 573 Flying hours logged and completed 96 operational sorties. Also served with 145, 274 and 92 Squadron in the Middle East theatre.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 09-02-2021

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