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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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02nd October 1943 683 Squadron Spitfire PR.XI EN670 Fl/Lt. Burnet

Operation: Photo Reconnaissance

Date: 02nd October 1943 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 683 Squadron (motto: Nihil Nos Latet - 'Nothing remains concealed'). 248 Wing

Type: Spitfire PR.XI

Serial: EN670

Code: None used by 683

Base: RAF Luqa, Malta

Location: Not known - Mediterranean Sea

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Jack Bruce Burnet NZ/415288 RNZAF Age 27 Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 10:00 on a photo reconnaissance over Larissa in northern Greece.

On return landed at Brindisi, Italy to take on fuel. He had enough fuel then for a further 90 minutes but encountered violent and unexpected thunderstorms reducing visibility to a matter of yards.

He was heard over the radio on Sicily and plotted by radar on Malta nothing further was heard from EN670. Sadly lost without trace.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Jack Bruce Burnet. Malta Memorial. Panel 12, Column 1. Born on the 25th May 1916 at Wellington. Worked as a clerk for the Public Trust Office prior to enlisting at Levin on the 28th September 1941. Awarded hi pilots badge and his commission on the 28th March 1942. Son of William Lewis Burnet and Lily Burnet (née Wilson) and husband of Mabel May Burnet (née Jackson), of Wellington City, New Zealand. 550 flying hours logged. On his 69 operational sortie.

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 11-03-2021

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Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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