K.A. Burbidge crew 5.6.43 †

05/06/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with Mines of 1500lb. They all successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. It was hazy in the mining area, although visiblity was fairly good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I EF399 AA-O
listed as EF339 but I suspect this is an error and should read EF399

F/S Kenneth Alfred Burbidge, RNZAF NZ412200 – Pilot.
Sgt. Walter Frederick Wilcockson, RNZAF NZ42314 – Navigator.
P/O John Paul Ingham, RAFVR 132331 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Donald Ernest Martin, RNZAF NZ413872 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Lockey, RAFVR 1142645 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. H. McGowan, RAFVR 1104326 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Gibson Cameron, RAFVR 1304742 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:51 – Landed 01:31
Flight Time 02:40

11/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb.,1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to return and two returned early owing to engine trouble. The remainder of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Many large fires and huge explosions were seen. Moderate and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with search lights were encountered. One aircraft was coned by searchlights, but violent evasive action eventually avoided them with difficulty. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was clear and the visibility was good except for haze caused by the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stiring Mk.III BK817 captained by Squadron Leader R.H. Laud, (“A” Flight Commander).

Stirling Mk.III BF564 JN-W

P/O Alan Joseph Lyall Sedunary, RAAF AUS.416619 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth Alfred Burbridge, RNZAF NZ412200 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Aubrey Lens, RAFVR 149672 – Navigator.
Sgt. Cecil Reginald Parish, RAFVR 1332576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas Hamilton Moss, RNZAF NZ404653 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frank Kitchener Alcock, RAFVR 532245 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Ernest Nicholson, RAFVR 1800467 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John James Gratton, RAFVR 1351568 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:38 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 03:57

14/06/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with Mines of 1500lb., two aircraft returned early, one owing to intercommunication failure and the other owing to engine trouble and one aircraft failed to return. The remaining three aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Some light A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, but they were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took lace. There was thick cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.I BK646 captained by F/O J.L. Edwards failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BK768 AA-L

F/S Kenneth Alfred Burbidge, RNZAF NZ412200 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Frederick Wilcockson, RNZAF NZ42314 – Navigator.
Sgt. Andrew James McEwen, RNZAF NZ417077 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Donald Ernest Martin, RNZAF NZ413872 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Lockey, RAFVR 1142645 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Edward William Crowther, RAFVR 1339159 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Gibson Cameron, RAFVR 1304742 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:37 – Landed 05:22
Flight Time 06:45

21/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. bombs in the target area. The operation was very successful, the whole of the town was seething in flames and the smoke from the fires was rising to a height of 8,000ft. On the return the fires could be seen from the Dutch Coast. Heavy, moderate and light A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good with clear visibility except in the target area, where there was haze caused by fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I EF399 AA-O

F/S Kenneth Alfred Burbidge, RNZAF NZ412200 – Pilot.
Sgt. Walter Frederick Wilcockson, RNZAF NZ42314 – Navigator.
Sgt. Andrew James McEwen, RNZAF NZ417077 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Donald Ernest Martin, RNZAF NZ413872 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Lockey, RAFVR 1142645 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gibson Cameron, RAFVR 1304742 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Kenneth Fazackerley Shaw, RAFVR 1132866 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:03 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 03:57

22/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim (actually Mülheim)
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs and 4lbs. Four aircraft failed to return and the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and some explosions were seen the whole RUHR area was smoke palled. A very heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights was encountered and five aircraft were slightly hit by A.A. fire, some enemy aircraft were seen and three short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. There was 3/10ths cloud on the target area but visibility was fairly good, except for smoke haze. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirling Mk.I EF399 captained by F/S Burbidge, Mk.III EF408 captained by Sgt. Wood, MK.III BK810 captained by W/O McKenzie and Mk.III EH889 captained by F/O McCrorie.

Stirling Mk.I EF399 AA-O

F/S Kenneth Alfred Burbidge, RNZAF NZ412200 – Pilot.
Sgt. Walter Frederick Wilcockson, RNZAF NZ42314 – Navigator.
Sgt. Andrew James McEwen, RNZAF NZ417077 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Donald Ernest Martin, RNZAF NZ413872 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Lockey, RAFVR 1142645 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gibson Cameron, RAFVR 1304742 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Kenneth Fazackerley Shaw, RAFVR 1132866 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:37 – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Stirling Mk.I EF399 AA-O was last heard from at 02:25hrs on a W/T message indicating the aircraft had been badly damaged by AA fire. Soon after, the Stirling was engaged by a night-fighter (Hptm Egmont Prinz zur LippeWeissendfeld, III./NJG1) and shot down at 02:47hrs near Markelo (Overjissel) 12 miles South West of Hengelo, Holland. All the deceased crew were buried in Markelo General Cemetery.

F/S Kenneth Alfred Burbidge, RNZAF NZ412200 – Pilot.
Killed age 22.
Son of Alfred William and Alice Jessie Burbidge, of Byfleet, Surrey, England.
Buried Markelo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot 4. Row C. Grave 13.

F/S Walter Frederick Wilcockson, RNZAF NZ42314 – Navigator.
Killed age 34.
Son of Albert George and Mabel Maude Victoria Wilcockson, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand; Husband of Reno Anna Wilcockson, of Christchurch.
Buried Markelo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot 4. Row C. Grave 17.

F/S Donald Ernest Martin, RNZAF NZ413872 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 26.
Son of Frederick Ernest and Hypatia Ethel Martin; Husband of Hazel Maud Martin, of Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Markelo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot 4. Row C. Grave 16.

F/S Andrew James Mcewin, RNZAF NZ417077 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 25.
Son of John andrew and Catherine Flora Mcewin, of Waiuta, Nelson, New Zealand.
Buried Markelo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot 4. Row C. Grave 14.

Sgt. George Lockey, RAFVR 1142645 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 21.
Son of Thomas William and Maud Mary Lock.
Buried Markelo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. B. 3-19.

Sgt. Gibson Cameron, RAFVR 1304742 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of David B. and Margaret R. Cameron, of Perth.
Buried Markelo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot 4. Row C. Joint grave 11-12.
‘The eternal God
Is our refuge,
And underneath
Are the everlasting arms’

Sgt. Kenneth Fazackerley Shaw, RAFVR 1132866 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Shaw, of Prestwich, Lancashire.
Buried Markelo General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot 4. Row C. Joint grave 11-12.
‘In everlasting memory
Of our dear son Kenneth.
Till we meet again’

 

 

 

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