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Henk Welting
28th September 2008, 16:22
What caused the death of and/or what was the place of death registration for:

W/O John BURKE - 340275.

May have been 37 MU, Burtonwood, Lancashire. Wellington W5712 lost on delivery flight; crashed into ground out of cloud at Arthingworth near Market Harborough. Already as casualties on this aircraft: Sgt James LAMBERT - 513451 and Sgt Claude JONES - 953904, death of borth registered at Brixworth.

If not on this aircraft, proposed other losses for this day:

Battle I - L5084 - 4 BGS - crashed on approach Jurby, Isle of Man.
Master I - N8007 - 58 OTU - crashed in forced landing mile N of Bathgate, West Lothian.
Tiger Moth II - N9274 - 10 EFTS - crashed on overshoot Weston-super-Mare.

Regards and thanks for your help.

Andy Ingham
28th September 2008, 17:10
Hello Henk
The death of John Burke aged 44 was registered at Bridgnorth.
Looks like the Tiger Moth at Weston.

28th September 2008, 17:21
Hi Henk and Andy
Weston-super-Mare has it's own registry Office and is rather a long way from Bridgenorth which is in Shropshire, where Weston is in Somerset

Ken MacLean
28th September 2008, 18:17

BURKE, Wt. Offr. J., DOAS, Times 14 July 1941.

Henk Welting
29th September 2008, 09:50
Thanks all for your help.

29th September 2008, 12:05
Hi Henk,

as Dick has pointed out his death is registered in Shropshire so not connected to the Tiger Moth. I would say that he likely died in RAF Bridgnorth hospital (a substantial RAF hospital). So he could have been serving at RAF Bridgnorth, or was taken there from one of the nearby airfields (i have found that quite a number of the men that died in the hospital came from airfields in South Staffordshire and Warwickshire).

Cheers, Tom

22nd September 2017, 17:43

W/O John BURKE - 340275 - the National Probate Calendar record that he died at Swancote, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.