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W/C Warburton%B4s burial

W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: Fairlop
Time Stamp:
09:37:35 29 April 2003
Post:
After finding and authentication his remains last year there were plans for an official burial in May in a soldier%B4s cemetery at Tegernesee S of Munich, Germany.

Is there anybody who could inform me about the exact date ? Thanks.

Michal


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: Bruno LECAPLAIN (Guest)
Time Stamp:
12:55:54 29 April 2003
Post:
Hello,

You could perhaps contact the persons of the Site of The Ridgeway Military & Aviation Research Group.

They have a web page about Wg Cdr Warbuton :

http://home.freeuk.net/rmarg/warburton.htm

where it is written :

" It is planned that he will be buried with full military honours in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery near Munich in 2003."

A friend wrote me also :

"There are parts of the aircraft which have been returned and

are now held by the Ridgeway Aviation Museum which is based at RAF Welford near Newbury Berkshire [...] Part of the left side of the twin boom from the rudder to the air intake and radiators from engine plus parts of the under carriage. They are being cleaned and made ready for general viewing. There will also be a memorial to WgCdr Warburton which will be built soon by the Parish council and help will be forth coming from the Ridgeway Aviation Group."



RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: Fairlop
Time Stamp:
14:00:32 29 April 2003
Post:
Bruno, many thanks for the info.

Michal


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: Nick Powell (Guest)
Time Stamp:
17:17:56 29 April 2003
Post:
Michal

an edition of the Beaufort Aircrews Assoc. news letter states that the dat is probably 13 May 2003 southern Germany.

The news letter has a very detailed history of his military career, would you like a copy?if so put your e-mail address on site and I will oblige.

cheers

Nick


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: Fairlop
Time Stamp:
08:01:49 30 April 2003
Post:
Nick, great info !

Yes, I%B4ll be happy for the copy. There%B4s e-mail address at message head. Still fairlop.A T.email.cz holds.

Cheers,

Michal


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: René Romainville (Guest)
Time Stamp:
09:23:24 06 May 2003
Post:
Hello,

Just receive an info stating that the funeral will held on 14 May at Durnbach

Regards

ren romainville


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: Fairlop
Time Stamp:
13:45:39 06 May 2003
Post:
Ren,

From what source have you the date ?

Michal


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: René Romainville (Guest)
Time Stamp:
14:59:37 06 May 2003
Post:
Hello,

Received today from Mrs. Anne Williams from cottesbrooke/Ewelme

If you need I will pass you her email;

regards

Ren Romainville


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: Fairlop
Time Stamp:
05:39:07 07 May 2003
Post:
Ren,

It will be welcome. Thanks

Michal


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: René Romainville (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:31:32 07 May 2003
Post:
Hello,

The email address is cottesbrooke.A T.aol.com

Regards

ren


RE: W/C Warburton%B4s burial
Author: UKJohnB
Time Stamp:
18:31:18 08 May 2003
Post:
The RAF web site has full details of Warburton's funeral.

Link to the site is http://www.raf.mod.uk/ptc/warburton.html

'Lost' WW2 flying hero to be buried with honour.

The memorial service and burial of World War Two flying hero, Wing Commander Adrian Warburton DSO DFC, whose death at the age of 26 has been a riddle for nearly 60 years, will be held at 1100hrs on Wednesday 14th May 2003, near Munich, Germany.

The service, conducted with full military honours, will take place at Pfarrkirche St Agidius, Gmund and will be followed by a burial at nearby Durnbach Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Wg Cdr Warburton's widow, Eileen, will be present.

Members of the Queen's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force (http://www.queenscolour.org.uk) will lead the funeral procession. A bugler will sound The Last Post and a piper will play a lament.

Air Marshal Sir Roderick Goodall will represent the Royal Air Force, with Squadron Leader Alan Coates conducting the funeral service. Both are based at Ramstein air base in southern Germany.

Two media facilities are planned prior to the formal proceedings in Germany. Journalists/photographers planning to attend either of the media facilities, and/or the memorial service/burial in Germany, should register their interest in advance. You are requested to contact one of the following:

Barry Shaw, Information Officer, 01452 712612 Ext. 7016 - Mobile 07740 592661

Glyn Strong, Head of External Communication, 01452 712612 Ext. 7684 - Mobile 07736 340889

If you are unable to attend the facilities or the memorial, we will be making images

available after the event.

Requests should be put to Cpl Heidi Cox Tel: 01452 712612 Ext. 7806 in advance or by E-mail to: photec.A T.gtnet.gov.uk or visit www.raf.mod.uk/ptc/warburton.html to lift images from the picture gallery.

06 May 2003

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Adrian Warburton's story

Wg Cdr Adrian Warburton was born in Middlesborough on 10 Mar 1918. The son of a naval officer, Commander Geoffrey Warburton DSO RN, 'Warby' (as he was known to his friends) was christened on board a submarine in Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta. He attended St Edward's School in Oxford, where two other famous airmen, Guy Gibson and Douglas Bader, were also educated.

Warburton was commissioned in the Royal Air Force in 1939. On completing flying training, he served with a torpedo-bomber squadron in the UK, before being posted to Malta in 1940, as one of a small number of RAF aircrew tasked with flying reconnaissance sorties over the Mediterranean. Fearless and unorthodox, he participated in a number of daring sorties, including some of those that helped to plan the highly successful attack by the Fleet Air Arm on the Italian fleet at anchor in Taranto in November 1940. He became a legendary figure in the history of the defence of Malta.

As one of the RAF's leading photographic reconnaissance pilots, Warburton went on to take part in the North African campaign and the invasions of Sicily and Italy. By the beginning of 1944 he had been promoted to the rank of Wing Commander and his gallantry had been recognised by the award of the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Bars and an American Distinguished Flying Cross.

Following a car accident in late 1943, Warburton was hospitalised for several weeks and subsequently returned to the UK. On 1st April 1944 he was posted officially as the RAF Liaison Officer to the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, US 8th Army Air Force, then based at RAF Mount Farm in Oxfordshire. Warburton was the pilot of one of two Lockheed F-5B photographic reconnaissance aircraft (a version of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter) that took off together from Mount Farm on the morning of 12th April 1944 to photograph targets in Germany. The aircraft flew together to a point approximately 100 miles north of Munich, where they separated to carry out their respective tasks; it was planned that they would meet and fly on to a USAAF airfield in Sardinia. Wg Cdr Warburton failed to arrive at the rendezvous point and was never seen again. Years of speculation about his fate came to an end recently when remains recovered in Germany from a wrecked USAAF F-5B Lightning were found to be his.

Wg Cdr Adrian Warburton is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, which overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green.

06 May 2003