F. Burrill crew 24.08.42 †

24/08/1942 – Gardening Off Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. Bomb load of 1500lb. Mines was dropped by one of the aircraft in the target area, the other aircraft failed to reach allotted spot for gardening owing to compasses becoming unserviceable. The weather was good, Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington X.3936 captained by Sgt. Tolley A.G. flew over a British convoy near the English coast. A.A. Fire from the convoy was very accurate causing the aircraft to take evasive action.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

Sgt. Frank Burrill, RCAF R.97521 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. Michael Bertram St. Louis, RCAF R.69204 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Wilfred Henry Lavers, RNZAF R.83468 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ralph Ernest Gorman, RCAF R.93025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 03:35

24/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack Bomb load of 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, one large fire was observed. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. Searchlights were moderate. Several enemy aircraft were seen, Wellington X.3396 Captained by Sgt. Kearns, R.S.D. was attacked by a FW.190. The weather was clear on route but cloudy over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

Sgt. Frank Burrill, RCAF R.97521 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. Michael Bertram St. Louis, RCAF R.69204 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ralph Ernest Gorman, RNZAF R.93025 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Wilfred Henry Lavers, RCAF R.83468 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 05:05

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourn failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

Sgt. Frank Burrill, RCAF R.97521 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. Michael Bertram St. Louis, RCAF R.69204 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Wilfred Henry Lavers, RNZAF R.83468 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ralph Ernest Gorman, RCAF R.93025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 06:05

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.968 AA-W

Sgt. Frank Burrill, RCAF R.97521 – Pilot.
P/O Randolph Cruickshank Smart, RNZAF NZ411006 – Observer.
Sgt. Michael Bertram St. Louis, RCAF R.69204 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Wilfred Henry Lavers, RAFVR R.83468 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ralph Ernest Gorman, RCAF R.93025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

Wellington Mk.III BJ.968 AA-W was lost without trace. All five crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/S Frank Burrill, RCAF 95221 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 20.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 103.

P/O Randolph Cruickshank Smart, RNZAF NZ411006 – Observer.
Lost without trace age 25.
Son of George James Cruickshank Smart and Florence Jane Smart, of Martinborough, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 116.

F/S William Wilfred Henry Lavers, RCAF 83468 – Front Gunner.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lavers; Husband of Marie D. Lavers, of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 105.

F/S Michael Bertram St.Louis, RCAF 69204 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 27.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 106.

F/S Ralph Ernest Gorman, RCAF 93025 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 24.
Son of Ernest B. and Anna M. Gorman, of Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 104.