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    Default Death of Ewen Lilburn on 27 March 1940

    On 27 March 1940, Flg Off Ewen Campbell Lilburn, the brother of the to-be-famous musician Dougls Lilburn, was killed in a training accident while flying with the RAF.

    The CWGC shows he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial with no registered unit, propably meaning he was lost with a second-line unit (FTS, OTU, etc..) rather than with a first-line squadron.

    I would like to have details of his loss.

    Thanks in advance

    Laurent

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    THe General Registers list of RAF overseas dead lists his unit as

    S of GR - School of General Reconaisance.
    Also on Runnymede that date and with same unit listed in the GRO index are:

    AC1 John V Halliday 620442
    P/O John E G Fennell 42492

    they all appear in RAF CAsualty lists as:
    PREVIOUSLY REPORTED "MISSING BELIEVED KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE " NOW PRESUMED "KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hello,

    Anson I K6249 of the SGR, which crashed into the English Channel on 27-3-1940.

    90567 F/O James Peter Henry BALSTON RAF, also possibly involved in this loss.

    and ...

    Wed 27 Mar 1940
    COASTAL COMMAND
    Navigation reconnaissance exercise, interception of launch.

    School of General Reconnaissance, RAF (Thorney Island, Sussex - 17 Group)

    Anson I K6249 - entered a spin off a stall turn at 700 feet while circling the launch at 1550, crashed into the sea and sank. Two other aircraft circled the area for some time but no trace of the four crew was found, including the pilot who is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Pilot: 37885 Fg Off Ewen Campbell LILBURN RAF - Age 29. 1310 hrs.

    See:
    For Your Tomorrow:A Record of New Zealanders who have Died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915.. Volume One: Fates 1915-1942.
    Martyn,Errol W.
    Christchurch:Volplane Press,1998.
    p.76

    Errol also adds the following in his Amendments to Volumes One and Two:

    Volume One: p.76; LILBURN, E C - The launch was HSL117, operating in the Western English Channel. (See: Vol.3 p.546)

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 31st March 2010 at 19:29.

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    A document from the CO of the SGR dated 28 Mar 40 confirms the crew as:

    Lilburn
    Balston
    Fennell
    Halliday (w/t operator)

    Balson and Fennell were 'two pupils of No.6 Navigation Reconnaissance (WAR) Course'.

    Errol

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    Thanks to all, case opened and closed in some hours

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