11th August 2009, 21:24
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, 00:57
Confirmed - One and the same man.
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Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 12th August 2009 at 01:06.
Reason: minor correction
12th August 2009, 07:24
Col, very many thanks. much appreciated Rich
12th August 2009, 10:20
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, 11:50
Hugh, very many thanks for posting this. regards Rich
I have been working for five years for Richard Gilman, WW11 Spitfire pilot.He is now 93 and living on Vancouver Island. We wrote his memoirs Angels Ten! and it has been published. He mentioned Mike Kilburn to me this week. He trained with Mike as a young man. There were five of them sharing a hut. Of the five only he and Mike survived. He has a photo of the five of them hanging in his apartment.
Info from Richard Gilman re. Mike Kilburn
Hi, I am working with Richard Gilman (93) from Sq.124 who was best friends with Mike Kilburn, shared a hut with him in training, followed him into Scotland when he crashed on the beach and dropped supplies onto the beach where Mike had crashed. We have been trying to locate Mike or his son-in-law who posts as STAN on another site. If anyone has any idea if Mike is still alive or where he can be contacted so that Richard Gilman can get in touch it would be much appreciated. Time is of the essence and I would be happy to find a way to bring these two into contact with each other.
Originally Posted by Rich Allenby
30th November 2014, 19:42
One account referred to the personnel from a radar station going to his assistance. This would probably refer to the Sheigra RN DF Station which was along the track from Sheigra to Sandwood Bay and would be manned 24/7.