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    Default Sgt BURNE, service number R.74116 - RCAF

    Hello,

    Does anyone know the first names of this Canadian bomber pilot in service with 35 Sqn in 1941?

    Many thanks

    Phil

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    Hi Phil,

    Sergeant Thomas Atkinson BURNE, R74116 (later commissioned with the following service number: J44107).

    Cheers,

    Fox.
    Author of Crash in Bayeux - The Last Flight of Sergeant Ferguson (ISBN 979-10-91044-13-4) - www.facebook.com/crashinbayeux.

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    R 74116 T/WO1 Thomas Atkinson Burne (J44107)

    to late :-)

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    Great! Thanks to both. There is an oddity in the accident card. His name appears when the Halifax he was flying (L9497) crashed on return from Berlin - 13 Aug 41. However, the captain is believed to be P/O McGregor-Cheers and his name doesn't appear at all on the form!
    Any explanation for that? Normally the name of the captain is written sometimes with the name of the co-pilot on this kind of form. Shall I understand that he was the captain?

    Phil

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    I was just checking through the squadron ORB's and there are no references to Burne ... there are two references to Burns, which maybe where the confusion lies.

    My database has the crew as:

    1 J McGregor-Cheers
    2 - Burns
    3 AAS Heggie
    4 J Fuller
    5 JB Anderson
    6 VM Markham
    7 WN Collins

    Regards

    Pete
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    Hi Pete,
    That what I had too, confirmed with the ORB. Burne's position in the crew list lets suggest that he was the co-pilot, not the captain, that is why I found strange to see his name only on the accident card.
    Phil

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    Phil

    Did you come to a conclusion on this one?. I am working on the basis that he was the one that received the broken ankle in the crash on 12 /13th August 1941, with McGregor-Cheers being thrown out the cockpit.

    Burns (as he is shown in the ORB) did not participate in any operations after this date but I have no posting out date so I don't know whether he stayed on strength of the squadron

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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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