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    Default "K K Herne" Burma Volunteer Air Force Died 23/12/1941

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    HERNE, K K
    Service Number BVAF/1029

    Died 23/12/1941

    Burma Volunteer Air Force




    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...11331/herne,-/


    Still trying to ID this person and the found a family tree on Ancestry and Geni


    George Edwin HERNE
    1910–1941
    BIRTH 28 JUL 1910 • Thaton, Mon State, Myanmar
    DEATH 23 DEC 1941 • Rangoon

    Note the date of death. I wonder if either same person and initials corrupted over time or a close relation died on same day or cause of confusion?? By the way the second K in the name of the Herne family is usually Kilroy I found a male Kim Kilroy Herne living in Australia in the 1970's and 1980's

    Another family tree has his name

    Georges Edwin HERNE
    1910–1941
    BIRTH 28 JUL 1910 • Thaton Burma
    DEATH 23 DEC 1941 • Rangoon Burma

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    Default Re: "K K Herne" Burma Volunteer Air Force Died 23/12/1941

    Paul, Hi,

    I have a:-
    Georges Edwin Herne
    Birth date 28 Jul 1910
    Baptism date 2 Oct 1910
    Place Theinzeik, St Paul. Presidency Bengal
    Father's name(s) Frank Herne
    Mother's first name(s) Mathet

    Theinzeik is at GE 17.061515 97.300447, but the church of St Paul currently escapes me!

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    Default Re: "K K Herne" Burma Volunteer Air Force Died 23/12/1941

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    From hisnephew Stephen in Australia

    “ This person was my uncle.
    He was born "Georges Edwin Herne" (sic).on 28 July 1910.
    Throughout his life he was known as "Edwin" only.
    Kilroy was his grandmother's maiden name, and Edwin sometimes used the name "Edwin Kilroy Herne"
    I've always assumed he joined the BVAF under this name, giving him the initials as E.K. Herne, and in the listing of K.K. Herne, the first K was a corruption of E.
    He was killed in the air raid on Mingaladon airport on 23 December 1941. Edwin's father noted that it was "about 10 am". The rest of the family were in Rangoon at the time.”

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    Default Re: "K K Herne" Burma Volunteer Air Force Died 23/12/1941

    Thanks Paul

    So eight casualties from the raid on Mingaladon

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...ame=&serialno=


    Out of the 8, The 7 RAF deaths covered by this AIR81 file and 221 Gp ORB.

    AIR81/11177 Flight Lieutenant L M Magurk, Corporal T R Buxton, Leading Aircraftsman M Daly, Aircraftsman T Phillips, Leading Aircraftsman O H Jones, Aircraftsman L R Lintott, Aircraftsman W J King: killed; enemy action at RAF Mingaladon near Rangoon, Burma, 23 December 1941. With photographs. C17058906

    only 3 burials recorded, remaining 5 lost to war i guess.

    Of the five, four RAF are on Singapore Memorial, but Herne is on the Rangoon Memorial

    I didnt know about the existence of the Rangoon Memorial - thought only the Singapore Memorial can be used for the unaccounted ..On retrospective, the Rangoon Memorial would have been ideal for many of the air forces losses from Burma which are commemorated too far away in Singapore.


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    Default Re: "K K Herne" Burma Volunteer Air Force Died 23/12/1941

    What are the odds that we would find a photo of the Mingaladon attack?

    from https://fotoweb.airforcemuseum.co.nz...2F%3Fq%3DBurma




    Image from the W Christiansen personal album collection. "Mingaladon Dec 23rd 1941. Fire started by Jap bombs." Hangars and airfield at RAF Station Mingaladon with smoke after a Japanese attack.


    Image from the W Christiansen personal album collection.
    "Rangoon from Mingaladon Dec 23rd 1941. Smoke from oil refinery and Rangoon city."
    A No. 135 Squadron Hurricane at RAF Station Mingaladon with smoke from Rangoon in the background.
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    Default Re: "K K Herne" Burma Volunteer Air Force Died 23/12/1941

    Aeromilitaria 1991:

    The advancing Japanese took Mergui on 23 December and this day was also to prove disastrous for the BVAF when, between 1020 and 1030, 27 Japanese bombers and 18 fighters made the first attack on Mingaladon airfield. Considerable damage was caused at ground level by the Japanese use of bombs fitted with a long nose pistol. The BVAF headquarters, Officers' quarters and Mess were all made unsafe by the bombing, the South hangar was also badly damaged and Tiger Moth Z-07, together with Gipsy Moth Z-00, were burnt out. In addition, A.P/0 Edwin Kilroy Heme, the Equipment Officer, ex-Flying Club Instructor Tim Ealey and engineer J.W.Trevelyan were all killed. Rangoon suffered heavily with 2,000 deaths in this one raid alone. During later raids on 26 December and 5 January, the BVAF fortunately escaped without loss.

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