11th August 2009 22:24
Michael P Kilburn 124 Sqdn / DH test pilot query
Hi, I'm researching a little into this pilot. He force landed Spitfire R7154 on Sandwood Bay at the top of Scotland in September 1941 and was awarded the DFC a year later.
He certainly survived the War, going to 56 Sqdn in May 1945.
What Im interested in is anyone able to confirm that he was the same man as De Havilland's test pilot Michael P (Mike) Kilburn from the mid 1950's.
regards Rich Allenby
12th August 2009 01:57
Confirmed - One and the same man.
Shores,Christopher & Clive Williams
Aces High Volume Two.
Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 12th August 2009 at 02:06.
Reason: minor correction
12th August 2009 08:24
Col, very many thanks. much appreciated Rich
12th August 2009 11:20
KILBURN, Michael Plaistowe, F/L, DFC (116807, RAFVR) - No.124 Squadron - Croix de Guerre (France) - On list, Public Record Office Air 2/9141 as accepted 8 June 1945. Public Record Office Air 2/9645 has recommendation.
"During the period 6th June 1944 until the liberation of Paris, Flight Lieutenant Kilburn was engaged in operations in No.11 Group area during which time he participated in 36 operational sorties in support of the invasion and liberation of France. Flight Lieutenant Kilburn is an outstanding flight commander who has led the squadron with much success."
13th August 2009 12:50
Hugh, very many thanks for posting this. regards Rich