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    Default F/S Edward Burn (GB1672857), DFM Citation

    According to the 180 Squadron ORBs for 3 December 1944: "1672857 F/Sgt. Burn, E. resting in his room was shot in the head when a revolver was accidentally discharged in an adjoining room. He was instantly removed to hospital and placed on the dangerously ill list. An investigation was ordered."

    The London Gazette (3 April 1945) makes mention on F/S Burn receiving the DFM.

    Can anyone provide me with any additional details on the accident (ie: investigation report) and can someone provide me with his citation for his DFM ?

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    Christian

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    Christian,

    The DFM Register for the Second World War Ian Tavender

    BURN EDWARD 1672857 F/Sgt 180 Sqn
    LG 3/4/45 Sorties 43 Flying hours 95.10 Pilot AIR2/9062 Recommendation

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    Second operation aircraft badly damaged by AA while attacking enemy tanks. With his starboard engine out he made a successful force landing at a emergency strip in Normandy.
    Third operation aircraft damaged by AA fire and he and his navigator wounded. With his navigator badly injured he returned to base. He again made a successful crash landing !

    Dated 8/1/45 !


    Mark

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    Just a quick addition to this thread.

    The two Mitchells on the two ops mentioned were FW199 EV-P and FL210 respectively.

    There's an article by one of Burn's crew, George Smith RAAF, in this publication:

    www.bamf.be/Dispersals/Dispersals_Feb_2012.pdf‎

    He describes the revolver incident:

    "On 3rd December '44 Ted Burn was accidentally shot in the head whilst sleeping on his stretcher in our billet near Melsbroek 'drome, Brussels after having just that morning completed our 44th Op. The shooting was the result of an act of utter stupidity as the occupant of the next cubicle to Ted, a Kiwi Nav/B, was hammering a nail into the partition to hang the latest photo of his girl friend using the butt of his .38 pistol. The pistol discharged, the bullet passing through the wall and striking Ted in the back of the skull. He survived after a long battle but was paralysed down the left side and lived until 1990."

    44 missions and that happens...

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    Simon

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    Simon,

    That's AUS419407 George Vivian SMITH RAAF.

    http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/UK2446

    Col.

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    Col,

    Thank you for the info on Smith.

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    Simon

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