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G/Cpt D. Burnside

G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: richard.k (Guest)
Time Stamp:
01:03:17 28 September 2005
Just receievd from a friend, Group Capt D Burnside, the first CO of 427 Squadron RCAF has passed away just short of his 94th birthday.

Can anyone else fill in more details.

Thanks Richard

RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: floyd williston (Guest)
Time Stamp:
04:32:01 28 September 2005
He wasn't Canadian though he was CO of a Canadian squadron. Here is one story:

Raid to Essen, March 12th, 1943

Excerpts from Bomber Command, Secret Narrative, March 1943, pp. 8-10. Department of

National Defence, Directorate of History and Heritage, 79/444.

ESSEN was attacked a second time in the course of the month on the night of March 12th. All

eleven R.C.A.F. squadrons participated in this raid, contributing a total of 113 aircraft, of

which 89 attacked the target and three were reported missing (Nos. 420, 424 and 425

Squadrons lost one aircraft each). Weather conditions were excellent with no cloud and bright

moonlight, though the usual industrial haze and later, smoke, obscured ground details. Also

reports indicated that a smoke screen was in operation to the north and northwest of the

town from which smoke drifted over Essen. Defences too had evidently been considerably

strengthened and very intense and accurate heavy flak was experienced during the first half

of the attack. Searchlights, operating in large cones of fifty or sixty and smaller cones of

about twenty, were extremely active. In spite of fierce opposition the attack was pressed

home by a total of 383 crews, who dropped 495.2 tons of bombs. The Pathfinder Force had

done a good job and the target indicator markers were well concentrated.

During the first quarter of an hour of bombing, numerous and fairly concentrated incendiary

fires were observed around T.I. [Target Indicator] markers. Crews bombing after this reported

that the fires then gained a good hold and merged into huge masses of red flames. The signal

for this development was a large explosion followed seven minutes later by another

Impressive explosion accompanied by flames and dense clouds of smoke. A few minutes later

a third explosion occurred which was accompanied by a huge white flash. The glow of the

fires was visible 150 miles away.

A total of twenty-three bombers were lost in this raid due to the heavy defences. One

aircraft of No. 405 Squadron, piloted by Pilot Officer N.D. Daggett, returned with two hundred

flak holes, seven of them in the petrol tanks. The hydraulics, instruments, I.F.F.

[Identification Friend of Foe] and the port outer engine were unserviceable and the rudder

control column was almost severed. Despite this damage the aircraft landed safely at base.

Another aircraft, flown by Flight Sergeant R. Hamby of No. 431 Squadron, was badly shot up in

this raid. It was caught in a cone of searchlights and shot at by flak almost directly over the

target, the navigator, Pilot Officer J.T. Clark, being killed. Despite this, the target was

successfully bombed and the pilot "put up a fine show" by flying his aircraft back with the

hydraulics, the navigational aids and the wireless wrecked.

One of No. 429 Squadron's aircraft, piloted by Sergeant A.W. Jameson was damaged in a

collision with other aircraft and the rear gunner was jammed in his turret. The pilot

exercised great skill and courage in bringing his aircraft safely back to England.

Many other incidents were related, but the outstanding one of the night was that of Wing

Commander D.H. Burnside, D.F.C., and crew, of No. 427 Squadron. Their aircraft was hit by flak

before reaching the target and the navigator, Pilot Officer R.J. Heather, was killed, while

Flight Sergeant G.S. Keene, D.F.M., the wireless operator, had one foot shot off and cuts were

inflicted on both his legs. The aileron control of the aircraft was affected and the windscreen

de-icing glycol tank burst, drenching Pilot Officer R.J. Hayhurst, the bomb aimer, and filling

the forward part of the bomber with suffocating fumes. Despite this, P/O Hayhurst directed

the pilot to his target which was successfully bombed and a good photograph was obtained.

The aircraft was held by searchlights for a few minutes while over the target, but W/C

Burnside skilfully evaded the defences and set course for home. All this time, F/S Keene,

disregarding his wounds, laboured for over two hours to repair the damaged wireless

apparatus. Owing to the damaged intercommunication system he could not speak to the other

members of the crew, though they kept a close eye on him, and each time found him still

conscious and working on his self-imposed task of directing manipulation of installations. He

also offered assistance in navigating the aircraft and managed on two occasions to drag

himself to the navigator?s compartment to obtain essential information. In the meantime,

the aircraft on its return trip encountered fighters, which Pilot Officer D.B. Ross, the air

gunner, managed to beat off, at the same time issuing directions for evasive tactics which

proved successful. Displaying fine airmanship, W/C Burnside flew his damaged aircraft safely

back to base. For the very fine display of courage and determination by all members of the

crew, W/C Burnside was awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross, P/Os Hayhurst and

Ross received the Distinguished Flying Cross, while F/S Keene was awarded the Conspicuous

Gallantry Medal.

Photographs covering the whole of the Krupps Works and most of the town were taken the day

following this attack on ESSEN. Whereas damage from the previous raid was seen mostly in

the town centre and the Krupps Works, the fresh damage was most concentrated in the Krupps

Works and in suburban areas to the northwest. Almost as large a number of shops and

administrative buildings of Krupps were affected as in the last raid and the damage was on a

scale altogether more severe. The locomotive works, the largest individual shop, had damage

extending over 85,000 square yards. Altogether the area of the buildings of the Krupps Works

destroyed or severely damaged in this raid exceeded 196,300 square yards, as compared with

the 136,000 square yards of damage in the previous raid.

The most important damage, with the exception of that at the Krupps Works, was the

destruction of pithead installations and buildings of ten collieries, though in the majority of

these the damage was slight except for the destruction of buildings of the Katherina Pit of

the Hercules Colliery, the Hubert Pit of the Konigen Elizabeth, and the Hellene Pit at

Stoppenberg. Besides damage to three unidentified factories severe damage was also done to

a large zinc and sulphuric acid works at Borbeck, where the whole works now appeared to be


Considerable damage also was caused to railways and sidings in the northern districts of the

town. Not only were the tracks disrupted in a number of places but some destruction of

rolling stock was evident at sidings. It was thought that the main line to OBERHAUSEN was

cut temporarily by direct hits on the tracks.

Although there were no large areas of devastation there were many scattered incidents of

high explosives and fire in the northwestern districts of Borbeck and Gerschede and some in

the northeastern districts of Stoppenberg and Schonnebeck. A great number of hutted camps

in the northern districts suffered damage. In all, some 120 huts were destroyed, including

large messing huts or canteens and it was roughly estimated that accommodation for at least

6000 men was. In consequence, no longer available.

Five days later another photographic sortie was made over ESSEN to supplement information

already gleaned from the photographs taken the day following the raid. The most important

evidence of new damage was found to be at the Krupps Harbour Foundry Works, lying between

Gerschede and Vogelheim. Here direct hits on the Steel Works were thought to have seriously

damaged the new electric furnaces and to have caused considerable delay to the

constructional work in progress. Several warehouses on the Kanal Hafen, possibly connected

with Krupps, were also destroyed.

Krupps? Pattern Works had half of its buildings gutted or damaged by fire, while in the main

engineering and armament works two or three workshops and several small sheds, previously

obscured by smoke, were seen to have been destroyed or damaged. Other industrial damage

occurred in Vogelheim, where practically the whole of a plastic works was burned out, and

pithead buildings at two collieries were damaged or destroyed by H.E. and fire.

A reliable source reported that no work was in progress at Krupps ten days following the raid

and that it was still necessary at that time to obtain a special pass to enter. It was also

reported that 16,000 workers of Krupps and 90,000 people in all, were homeless and that the

damage to Krupps was the heaviest so far inflicted by the R.A.F. on works vital to the war



RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
09:51:09 28 September 2005
Hello Floyd,

P/O John T. CLARKE (Nav/Ba) 126043 (buried UK.7476) was killed by Flak on board of the a/c flown by F/Sgt R. HAMBY (431 Sqdn - 12-3-1943).

Is it possible to find out the a/c serial number?

Thanks in advance for your help, regards,


RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: (Guest)
Time Stamp:
10:50:10 28 September 2005

From the 1975 RAF Retired List:

BURNSIDE D. H., OBE DSO DFC. Born 26/1/42. Commd 28/10/35. Gp Capt 1/7/54. Retd GD 23/3/62.

According to the Air Force List his number was 37464.


RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: floyd williston (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:15:35 28 September 2005

Something wrong with the birthdate!!! And the Comand date?


RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:12:13 28 September 2005

"Something wrong with the birthdate!!! And the Comand date?"

Sorry about that, his birth year should of course read 1912, not 1942. Commissioned date is correct as per Retired List - this would almost certainly be the date on which he was first posted to an E&RFTS for elementary pilot training on being accepted by the RAF as a short service commission officer candidate.


RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: karl kj (Guest)
Time Stamp:
11:43:33 28 September 2005
Met Dudley twice, once in Toronto at the Allied Air Forces Reunion and once at the AGM of Bomber Command Association at the RAF Museum in London.

A real gentleman who always asked to be remembered to his Canadian boys, especially those in 427. The photos of the Mark II Hallie of 427 with the flying Lion nose art and the presentation by Louis Mayer at Leeming to 427 as the adopted squadron of the Hollywood film company was in the presence of the CO, WC. Dudley Burnside.

There is a 16 mm film of this presentation at the film archives in Ottawa but I think it has some restriction of copyright on it which requires permission on paper to get a copy. Good shots of Dudley accept a trophy from Mayer witha little speech AND Merlins Halifaxes of 427 starting up and taking off!

I was always impressed by Dudley's style and he always spoke fondly of his time with the Canadians. One of his pilots of 427 who knew him well is Ian Thomson of Winnipeg and his email is (dec31 at -replacing the "at" with the correct symbol. He can fill you in.

Cheers, Karl Kj.

RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: allanoftruro
Time Stamp:
15:36:53 28 September 2005
As a complete aside to his wartime service, I have in my family archive the "Fare for Xmas Day R.A.F. Station Tengah 1949" and on the outside cover it states:

The Station Commander Wing Commander D H Burnside D.S.O., D.F.C. and The Officers of R.A.F. Station Tengah, Singapore wish all ranks A very Hearty and Happy Xmas.

So now we know one of his post-war postings !!


RE:Henk's request
Author: floyd williston (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:16:00 28 September 2005
Hamby's aircraft (March 12 ) was Wellingto X-HE205-"X" and Clarke died the following day(March 13 is on the CWGC) from wounds. However the ORB states om another page that he was killed almost directly over the target.


RE:Henk's request
Author: floyd williston (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:19:30 28 September 2005
Hamby returned to base 25 minutes after midnight.


RE:Henk's request
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
11:52:19 30 September 2005
Thanks Floyd for a/c serial and landing time; thanks as well for your seperate e-mail.



RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: Terry
Time Stamp:
01:49:47 30 September 2005
Gentlemen, Not only do we know where he was in 49, but also 39 and the early 50s. A man who appears to have had a full service career:

A/PO on prob, SSC, 23 Dec 35; A/PO and PO, 28 Oct 36; FO, 28 Oct 38; DFC, FO, 25 Oct 40 (1); FL, 28 Oct 40; SL (T), 1 Jun 41; WC (T), 1 Jun 42; Bar to DFC, WC, 427 Sqn, 13 Apr 43 (2); Trans RAFO, SL (T/WC), 28 Oct 44; m.i.d., A/WC, 1 Jan 45; D.S.O., A/GC, 195 Sqn, 26 Oct 45; SL (permanent), 12 Aug 46 (3); WC (T), 8 Jul 47 (4); WC, sny 1 Oct 46, 1 Nov 47 (5); WC (T), 12 Oct 48 (6); O.B.E., WC, 1 Jan 52 (7); Gp Capt, 1 Jul 54; Retired, GC, 23 Mar 62.

1. Air Ministry.

25th October, 1940.


The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Waziristan for the period 1st January, 1939, to 31st December, 1939: %97

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Flying Officer (now Flight Lieutenant) Dudley Henderson BURNSIDE (37464).

2. Air Ministry, 13th April, 1943.


The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: %97

Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.

Wing Commander Dudley Henderson BURNSIDE, D.F.C. (37464),

No. 427 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron.

Distinguished Flying Cross.

Pilot Officer Reginald James HAYHURST (128419), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,

No. 427 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron.

One night in March, 1943, Wing Commander Burnside and Pilot Officer Hayhurst were captain and bomb aimer of an aircraft detailed to attack Essen. When nearing the target area, the bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire. One of the crew was killed and another severely wounded, while the aircraft sustained damage. The aileron control was affected and the windscreen de-icing glycol tank burst drenching Pilot Officer Hayhurst and filling the forward part of the bomber with suffocating fumes. Despite this, Pilot Officer Hayhurst directed his captain to the target which was successfully bombed and a good photograph obtained. The aircraft was held by searchlights for a few minutes but Wing Commander Burnside skilfully evaded the defences and set course for home. On the return flight the aircraft encountered enemy fighters but, each time, he shook them off. Displaying fine airmanship he flew the damaged aircraft back to an airfield in this country. In a very trying situation both these members of aircraft crew displayed courage and determination of a high order.

3. Air Ministry, 8th July, 1947.



Appointment to commission.

As Squadron Leaders (permanent)*: %97

Dudley Henderson BURNSIDE, D.S.O., D.F.C. (37464). 12th Aug. 1946

(seniority 1st Jan. 1941).

*Retaining existing rank

4. Air Ministry, 8th July, 1947.

The undermentioned officers assume, with effect from the date of recall to the active list, the seniorities stated: %97


Wing Commander (temp.): %97

D. H. BURNSIDE, D.S.O., D.F.C. (37464). 7th Mar. 1943.

5. Air Ministry, 28th October, 1947.


The undermentioned promotions in substantive ranks are made:%97


Squadron Leader to Wing Commander:%97.

1st Nov. 1947 (seniority1st Oct. 1946).

D. H. BURNSIDE, D.S.O., D.F.C. (37464).

6. Air Ministry, 12th October, 1948.

Adjustment of seniority.

The undermentioned officers are granted seniorities in the ranks shown (these entries cancel those previously promulgated):%97



Wing Commander (temp.):%97

D. H. BURNSIDE, D.S.O., D.F.C. (37464). 5th Dec. 1942.


St. James's Palace, S.W.I.

1st January, 1952.

The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of non-operational services in Japan in connection with operation's in Korea: %97

To be an Additional Officer of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order :%97

Wing Commander Dudley Henderson BURNSIDE, D.S.O., D.F.C. (37464),

Royal Air Force.

Regards, Terry

RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: Ross_McNeill
Time Stamp:
06:56:40 30 September 2005
Hi All,

Using the "Where Serving" column of the between war Air Force Lists can detail his early postings.

No.7 FTS, arrived 04 Jan 1936

No.58 Sqn, arrived 13 July 1936

Bomber Transport Flight, India, arrived 13 Dec 1937. Still serving here in Jan/Feb 1939.

Nice thread. Just goes to prove how much detail is available on an officer without resorting to letters to the AHB or Personal access to his Service Record.



RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: Jagan
Time Stamp:
18:21:59 01 October 2005
Got this Obit on Email:

Group Captain Dudley Burnside

(Filed: 29/09/2005)

Group Captain Dudley Burnside, who has died aged 93, flew bomber and

transport operations over the North-West Frontier in the late 1930s

and was decorated for gallantry; he went on to complete two tours of

operations in Bomber Command, and later flew Sunderland flying boats

during the Korean conflict.

Burnside arrived in India in 1937 and joined the Bomber-Transport

Flight at Lahore, flying the antiquated biplane Valentia transport

aircraft. He was soon in action against the dissident tribesmen of

the troublesome region. This included night bombing against the

villages and caves of the Fakir of Ipi, after leaflets had been

dropped earlier during the day to warn the inhabitants to evacuate

the area. He also carried out many bombing raids against the cave

complexes on the Afghanistan border.

He transferred to No 31 Squadron in April 1939 and was appointed as a

flight commander. Throughout the remainder of the year he was

continually engaged in operations against the Fakir's forces, and on

one bombing operation he destroyed the enemy's headquarters. In 1940

he was awarded the DFC.

In September 1940 the Army garrison at Chitral was relieved by air

for the first time. Burnside and his pilots flew continually to

effect a relief, taking a few days rather than the weeks involved in

the previous overland operations. After taking off fully laden with

troops and stores, the old Valentias had to circle for more than an

hour before they had sufficient height to clear the 10,400-foot

Lawarai Pass.

Burnside and his fellow pilots flew reinforcements to Singapore in

February 1941, but they saw their first action at the end of March. A

pro-German politician, Rashid Ali, seized power in Iraq, and Burnside

led a flight of No 31's Valentias from Karachi to Shaibah, near

Basra, with Army reinforcements. He carried out many similar flights

during April and May, and on one occasion was en route to Habbaniya

when a fierce dust storm forced him to land, short of fuel, at a

small airstrip. Within minutes he realised he was behind enemy lines

as ground forces opened fire, wounding his gunner and damaging the

aircraft. Despite the poor weather conditions, lack of fuel and his

damaged aircraft, he immediately took off downwind and was able to

escape, arriving at Habbaniya with virtually no fuel left.

Flying requisitioned Indian Airline Douglas DC2 transport aircraft,

No 31 moved to Burma in February 1942. Burnside was made a liaison

officer with the American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) before

assuming command of the airfield at Akyab. Three weeks later he just

managed to escape as the Japanese overran it. After almost five years

of operations in India, Afghanistan and Burma, Burnside returned to

England, where he converted to the Wellington and joined Bomber Command.

Dudley Henderson Burnside was born on January 26 1912 at Woodford,

Essex. He was educated at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds.

Aged 17, he enlisted in the Territorial Army and served as a private

soldier with the 14th London Regiment for six years before joining

the RAF in October 1935 to train as a pilot. After flying with No 58

Bomber Squadron for a year, he was posted to India.

In November 1942, Burnside was promoted to wing commander and

appointed to form and command a new Canadian Wellington squadron, No

427, based in north Yorkshire. He attacked many industrial targets

during the so-called Battle of the Ruhr.

On the night of March 5 he was sent to bomb Essen, and his aircraft

was hit by flak before reaching the target. The navigator, who was

standing beside Burnside, was killed; the wireless operator had a

foot blown off. The aircraft controls were damaged and fumes quickly

filled the cockpit.

Burnside decided to press on, and he successfully bombed the target

despite being illuminated by searchlights. On the return flight,

night fighters attacked the Wellington, but Burnside's evasive action

and the fire by his gunner shook them off. With limited control, he

flew the badly-damaged bomber back to base, where he made an

emergency landing at an airfield in Suffolk. For his outstanding

airmanship and courage, he was awarded a Bar to his DFC. Two of his

crew also received DFCs, and the wireless operator was awarded the

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

Shortly after his squadron converted to the Halifax bomber, Burnside

was attacked five times by different aircraft during a raid on


On May 24 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adopted No 427 and allowed the

names of stars such as Lana Turner, Greer Garson and Joan Crawford to

be displayed on the aircraft. In recognition of this association, No

427 adopted the name "Lion Squadron", a title which persists to this


In September 1943 Burnside took command of RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk,

one of three airfields on the east coast designed to allow crippled

bombers to crash-land immediately after crossing the coast on the

airfield's extra-long and very wide runway. In one month alone,

Burnside and his staff had to deal with 72 heavy bombers that had

crash-landed. He was mentioned in dispatches.

In October 1944 Burnside volunteered to return to operations, and

assumed command of No 195 Squadron, flying Lancaster bombers. He led

it on many night and daylight bombing raids over Germany in the lead

up to VE Day. Returning from Gelsenkirchen, his Lancaster was badly

damaged and set on fire, and he was forced to make an emergency

landing on three engines at Brussels airport. He was awarded the DSO.

Burnside was granted a permanent commission in the RAF and served on

the staff of No 38 Group before leaving for the Far East. After

converting to the Sunderland flying boat, he took command in early

1949 of the RAF base at Koggala in Ceylon, where his squadrons flew

air-sea rescue and reconnaissance sorties over the Indian Ocean. On

the closure of the base a year later, he took command of the Far East

Flying Boat Wing at Seletar, in Singapore.

The Wing's Sunderlands flew anti-terrorist patrols around Malaya

before providing detachments at Iwakuni in Japan during the Korean

War. Burnside commanded the units, which flew anti-shipping and

coastal patrols off Korean waters. For his services with the Wing

during the conflict, Burnside was appointed OBE.

After completing a familiarisation course on jet aircraft, Burnside

assumed command of RAF Hemswell in Lincolnshire, the home of two

Canberra bomber squadrons. The filming of The Dam Busters took place

during his time there. After two years he took up an appointment at

the Headquarters of the Allied Air Forces Central Europe (AAFCE) at

Fontainebleau. In 1959 he was the Deputy Director of Organisation at

the Air Ministry, retiring from the RAF in 1962 with the rank of

group captain.

Burnside was an excellent artist. He was a very early member of the

Guild of Aviation Artists and exhibited for many years at its annual

show. He specialised in oils, using a limited palette based on white

and browns. Many of his subjects were drawn from his own flying

career. In addition, he was particularly keen on painting First World

War aviation scenes. He was elected a vice-president of the guild.

He made numerous visits to Canada as a guest of his old squadron.

Officiating at a change of command ceremony in 1995, he was made an

honorary colonel of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Burnside was a keen sportsman, and represented the RAF at squash in

India; he also played hockey for his county. A quiet, unassuming man

of great integrity and courtesy, he was deeply affected by the losses

amongst his young bomber crews.

Dudley Burnside died on September 20. He married first, in 1942,

Denise Dixon; the marriage was dissolved in May 1985, and the

following year he married Joyce Waldren, who died in 2003. He is

survived by a son and a daughter from his first marriage and by a

stepson and stepdaughter.

RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: Peter
Time Stamp:
10:49:15 02 October 2005
Taken from "The Windsor and Eton Express" dated Friday 30 September 2005.


A pilot decorated for gallantry has died at the age of 93 after spending 30 years living in Windsor.

Group Captain Dudley Burnside was a regular letter writer to the Express and well known locally for years of tireless campaiging over pensioners rights.

Step-daughter Karen Balding said "He used to write lots of letters. He was quite well catered for financially himself but he saw how hard it was for some pensioners"

Mr Burnside moved to Mill Lane in Clewer in 1975 to live with Joyce Waldren, her son Craig Waldren, a BAA worker at Heathrow and daughter Karen from a prevoius marriage. They later married in 1985 at Maidenhead.

Mrs Balding said: "He has been a wounderful step-father. I was only 20 when he first came into our lives but he helped me with my education. he helped me with lots of parts of my life and I was privileged to be able to help care for him later in life"

A keen painter and potter, Mr Burnside had a daughter Cherry, son Adrian, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren from his first marriage to Denise Dixon.

As a pilot he moved to India in 1937 and flew two tours of operations in Bomber Command, took part in missions throughout the region before being decorated with the DFC in 1940.

He returned to England in November 1942, was made a Wing Commander of a new Canadian Wellington squadron, No.427, in Yorkshire.

Later postings included commander of RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk, flying Lancaster bombers as commander as commander of No.195 Squadron and an appointment at Allied Air Forces Center Europe in Fontainebleu.

He also had postings in South East Asia and flew Sunderland flying boats during the Korean conflict.

After Joyce died Mr Burnside moved into an Abbyfield hospice in Burnham two years ago before dying peacefully on September 20.

The funeral party will leave the Castle Hotel in Windsor High Street at 1.30pm Monday before a service at 1.45pm in Holy Trinity Garrison Church, Trinity Place. A reception will later be held back at the Castle Hotel.

RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: HughAHalliday
Time Stamp:
21:41:22 03 October 2005
No citation for his DSO in London Gazette, but there was one:

BURNSIDE, Dudley Henderson, G/C, DFC (37464, Royal Air Force) - No.195 Squadron - Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945. No citation to DSO in Gazette; following text transcribed from Air Ministry Bulletin 20047 and Flight, 29 November 1945.

"Group Captain Burnside has operated in Iraq, Persia, India and Burma. Under his leadership his squadron has shown outstanding results which have been in a very great measure due to this officer's determination and ability. He has led numerous operational missions and his coolness and devotion to duty in the face of the enemy have at all times set a fine example."

RE: G/Cpt D. Burnside
Author: Guest
Time Stamp:
23:07:35 03 October 2005
The Station Commander at RAF Hemswell at the time of the production of the Dambusters film was Group Captain J.H.Searby.John Searby had a similar background to Group Captain Burnside and was the Master Bomber for the raid on Peenemunde in August 1943.

From what I gather of Group Captain Burnside,he was not an admirer of working parades and liked the odd day at Market Rasen races.