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Flight Lieutenant Bernard BURNLEY (407097) of the Royal Australian Air Force

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Blenheim IV Z7912
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Death of Death 1943-06-01 Age : 32 years.

Served in 11 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Column 429. at Singapore Memorial, Singapore (Map)


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Awards for Bernard BURNLEY 407097

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1944-01-18DFCActg Flt LtBernard BURNLEY (407097)11 Sqdn
Notification Only London Gazette No. 36335, Dated 1944-01-18

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 01 Jun 43 Aircraft: Blenheim IV Z7912 Unit 11 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location Feni, Burma
DetailsThree aircraft led by Wg Cdr took off to bomb Jap positions in CHIN HILLS. One ac flown by LEGH lost its starboard prop. and was later seen by Sqn Ldr Proudfoot in Manipur Valley 26 m ENE of Haka with fire still inside from theonly wing tip above water. Signs of crash landing seen on a snad spit. AA fire Destroyed KIA, Flt Lt B Burnley DFC. lost propeller at night in bad weather, crashed in Manipur valley; W/Cdr Pennington- Legh, F/Lt R. Ingram, and F/Lt Bernard BURNLEY (407097) killed.
Aircrew details Wg Cdr Alan William PENNINGTON-LEGH (37687)
Flt Lt Robert John INGRAM +(400369)
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight LieutenantBernard BURNLEY (407097) Blenheim IV Z7912  Forum Post 1943-06-0111 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight LieutenantRobert John INGRAM (400369) Blenheim IV Z7912  Forum Post 1943-06-0111 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Wing CommanderAlan William PENNINGTON-LEGH (37687) Blenheim IV Z7912  Forum Post 1943-06-0111 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial

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Blenheim T2245 (113 Sqn). Crew Murdered? Sgt GOSS, WHITESIDE, MURRAYSomewhat related to the focus of this thread [URL][/URL] [QUOTE][I]Blenheim Z7912 of 11 Sqn RAF, led a formation of two other aircraft on 1st June 1943 to bomb Kalemyo, Burma. During the bombing run at approx 0901 hours the starboard propeller of Z7912 was seen to fall off by the pilots in the other aircraft in formation, who followed the aircraft down to the Manipur river. [/I][I]The pilot of No. 2 in the formation called Z7912 on the R/T and Z7912 replied that he was going to follow the Manipur River. The aircraft was seen to jettison bombs and gradually lose height after turning away. The pilot of No. 2 aircraft later saw wreckage of what was assumed to be an aircraft in the Manipur River 26 miles north east of Haka approx 22.42N, 94.00E, with fire still issuing from only the wing tip above the water. Signs of a crash landing were seen on a sand pit but no sign of the crew. It was later established that the aircraft crashed at Kabani Sakan at 22.48N 93.58E, with no graves or bodies located after a search. Crew: W/Cdr. AW Pennington-Legh RAF, Flt. Lt. RJ Ingram RAAF DFC (Navigator/Bombaimer), Flt. Lt. B Burnley DFC RAAF (Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner).[/I][/QUOTE] [QUOTE]In early 1942 Pennington-Legh was commanding 11 Squadron, operating in Blenheims in the Western Desert. He took the squadron to Ceylon in March 1942. He was killed with the squadron on 1st June 1943, as a Wing Commander. He was shot down but having survived this he was captured and murdered by bandits.[/QUOTE] Though initially it was hoped the crew would walk back in, the ORBs of both 11 Sqn and 146 Sqn mention that ten days later the village where the Blenheim crashed was bombed and strafed - as retaliation for the murder of the crew. It is not mentioned as to when and how the reports of the murders trickled in. The ORBs mention this just out of the blue as a matter of fact. [URL][/URL] [TABLE="width: 1160"] [TR] [TD]Flight Lieutenant[/TD] [TD][URL=""]Bernard BURNLEY [/URL](407097)[URL=""][IMG][/IMG][/URL][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Flight Lieutenant[/TD] [TD]Robert John INGRAM (400369)[URL=""][IMG][/IMG][/URL][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Wing Commander[/TD] [TD]Alan William PENNINGTON-LEGH (37687)[URL=""][IMG][/IMG][/URL][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] ....Read More.Jagan on 26th March 2017 05:34:02

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