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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 6-7-1940

    Sorry for so many names this time.........................
    What caused the death of:

    P/O (Pilot) Jack C. BURRASTON - 42379 (from Australia ?) - died of wounds or injuries received on active service (Flight Global), buried Cranwell (St.Andrew) Churchyard, Crandwel & Byard's Leap, Lincolnshire (UK1931).
    P/O Burraston allotted same svcnr (42379) as P/O A.F.B. RAMSAY - 4 Sqn - killed 21-4-1940 and buried Trefcon British Cem., Caulaincourt, France.
    In same cemetery as Burraston lies buried with same date of death:
    LAC (Pilot) Ronald H.W. PARKER - 905524 - died of wounds or injuries received on active service (Flight Global), and

    LAC Basil DREAPER - 529489 - whose name I can't find in The Times and Flight Global archives, buried Henlow (St.Mary) Churchyard, Bedfordshire (UK3102), and

    Sgt Edwin C. JACOBS - 581101 - previously reported missing later believed killed on active service (Flight Global), commemorated on Panel 15 of the Runnymede Memorial, and

    Sgt (Pilot) Robert B. MURGATROYD - 519962 - 9 Sqn Honington, Suffolk - killed in action (while flying in operations against the enemy - Flight Global), buried Honington (All Saints) Churchyard, Suffolk (UK2856).
    He may have been killed aboard an aircraft that safely returned to base, and

    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Shepherd SOTHERAN - 751010 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Hartlepool (Hart Road) New Cem., Durham County (UK341).

    Aircraft losses for this date:
    Blenheim I - N3555 - 2 SAC - collided with another aircraft during take-off at night and crashed 2 miles west of Andover, Hampshire (already have as a casualty: P/O George R. LAMBERT - 42846 - RAF [from Canada]).
    Blenheim IV - L8855 - 264 Sqn - crashed (no further details).
    Gladiator II - N2266 - FF Shetlands - crashed on take-off Sumburgh.
    Hind I - K5413 - RAFC - flew into ground 1 mile south of South Clifton, Nottinghamshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Burraston was Australian. There is a bio and photo at these links (note that the second link gives the wrong date):

    http://cas.awm.gov.au/heraldry/REL34401.001
    http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/P05065.001

    Though the other pilot and aircraft details are not given though the aircraft crashed into River Trent so it seems likely to be the Hind

    Hope that's a start

    A

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    Thanks Amrit, that was a start for this date.
    Regards,
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    Hello Henk & Others,

    Need to revisit this thread. It is claimed here, that P/O Jack Clarence BURRASTON was allotted the same RAF service number as, P/O Alexander Francis Burnett RAMSAY. Afraid, not so.

    Burraston's RAF service number was 43279, Ramsay was allotted 42379. I don't know where or when this error crept into the records, but it has been perpetuated by both the CWGC and the AWM.

    As stated elsewhere, Burraston, an Australian, accepted a Short Service Commission in the RAF. He, along with 16 other Australians were granted their SSCs on 10 April, 1940. This is shown conclusively in the Alpha/Numeric sequencing of their commissioning.

    See: London Gazette. Issue No.34849 Published 14th May, 1940 p.7 of 56.

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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 8th May 2009 at 09:59. Reason: minor correction

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    I've popped the CWGC a message, I'll post here in a few weeks if/when I hear back from them. They may get sick of hearing from me.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    .........and sick from me as well as I've still 8 outstanding e-mails to the CWGC !
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hello,

    Re Burraston and Parker.

    At Cranwell the 6th July, 1940 was the usual English day. Flying carried on and Jack (Burraston), went out with another pilot at the controls. They were practising aerobatics as part of their training. It was during a stall turn that the aircraft failed to recover and dived into the ground, ending up in the river Trent.

    Both men were killed.

    Jack and his colleague, Ron Parker, were buried on the 10th July, 1940 with full military honours. After the service the men slow-marched through Cranwell village to the small churchyard to the tune of the funeral march.

    See:
    Twenty two Temporary Gentleman.
    Harper,Helen.
    n.p.:Author, n.d
    pp.45-6

    In August 1939, Burraston had, along with 21 fellow-Australians, sailed for the UK, to take up his Short Service Commission in the RAF.

    Regards,
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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 8th May 2009 at 17:13. Reason: minor correction

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    Also on this date was Oxford P1083, 2 FTS, Brize Norton. (From Air Britain Serials).

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    Hello Henk,

    A little bit more details:

    P/O A.F.B. RAMSAY - 4 Sqn - killed 21-4-1940 and buried Trefcon British Cem., Caulaincourt, France.

    First name Alexander, 42379

    Sgt Edwin C. JACOBS - 581101 - previously reported missing later believed killed on active service (Flight Global), commemorated on Panel 15 of the Runnymede Memorial.

    1 AACU (1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit).

    Best regards

    Finn Buch

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    Thanks Doug for the Boston info. Was not listed 'Crashes in UK' Air Britain Aeromilitaria from which I quoted.
    Thanks Finn for info on unit Jacobs. Checked oncemore svcnrs of Ramsay and Burraston and both are identical. Also Burraston not listed on the Australian Nominal Roll.
    Let's wait for Dave whether he has more info on these casualties.
    Good weekend,
    Henk.

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