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RAF Burn



   RAF Burn is situated 2.5 miles south of Selby. Constructed as a three runway Bomber Command station in 1942, Burn was assigned to No. 4 Group on November 11, 1942. It became home to No. 431 Squadron was formed as an RCAF unit at Burn. The airfield was not used for operations again until the arrival of No 578 Squadron in February 1944. The only VC awarded to 4 Group was won by a 578 Squadron pilot, Cyril Barton. In total 55 Halifaxes were lost during operations from Burn.

The airfield closed in July 1945 and was used by The Royal Army Service Corps to store surplus military vehicles on its runways. Today the site has returned to argiculture but all the runways and most of the hardstandings still exist. Part of the site is used by a gliding club. A memorial to 578 Sqn stands beside the main road in the village.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Burn:

  • 431 Squadron Nov 1941 to July 1943
  • No 578 Squadron. Feb 1944 to April 1945


 

 

21st Jul 1944 

22nd Feb 1945 578 Squadron Halifax lost


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Those known to have served at

RAF Burn

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Blake P.. Sgt. (d.2st Feb 1945)
  • Blundell L. Sergeant
  • Callingham J. Flight Seargeant
  • Coram T S. Pilot Officer
  • Dunn Michael. 3rd.Eng.Off.
  • Harries Ken William Owen Wyndham. Mechanic
  • Hill Ray.
  • Inge C. Sargeant
  • Maton Ronald J.. (d.31st Mar 1944)
  • Pink Philip Claude. Flt.Sgt. (d.21st Jul 1944)
  • Ridley J A. Sargeant (d.11th September 1944)
  • Rix James A. Sergeant
  • Tregoning J M. Flight Seargeant

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Sgt. P. Blake air gunner. 578 Sqd (d.2st Feb 1945)

Sgt P Blake

My uncle Sgt P. Blake was a gunner with 578 sqdn he died on 21.02.1945 while flying on a raid over Germany bombing the Rhenania Ossag oil refinery at Dusseldorf. They flew out of Raf Burn. He was the son of David and May Blake of Edinburgh.

Joan Davies



Sergeant James A Rix 578 Squadron

My uncle, James A Rix, flew from RAF Burn with 578 Squadron in 1944.

Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

    I have a copy of the crew photo taken at my uncle's wedding shortly before being shot down. James Rix now lives in Australia with his wife and had 3 daughters

  • Ron Rix



    Pilot Officer T S Coram 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Sergeant L Blundell 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Flight Seargeant J M Tregoning 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Flight Seargeant J Callingham 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Sargeant C Inge 578 Squadron

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Sargeant J A Ridley 578 Squadron (d.11th September 1944)

    Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    Crew:

  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

  • Ron Rix



    Mechanic Ken William Owen Wyndham Harries 578 Squadron

    My father Ken Harries, was trained with the 31 S.F.T.S. in Collins Bay, Ontario, near Kingston during the war until 1944 when he returned to the UK. I have some photos of him with his group at Burn Aerodrome and wouldn't mind sharing them. I know very little about him during this time since I was a baby. He met my mother (a Canadian)in Kingston, Ontario. They married in 1942 and I was born in April 1944.

    He went ahead with his group to the UK and my mother and I followed on a cargo ship in October 1944. While in the English Channel, a German U Boat was below us and the Capt. told my mother to keep her baby quiet. We lived in Selby and were there during the flood in 1947. It kept us on the 2nd floor for 2 weeks.

    Unfortunately, my mother was homesick and we returned on the Aquitania in 1947 to Canada. My father never followed. He remarried later and worked at Gatwick Airport until he retired. He died 29th October 2002 at 83 yrs. of age.

    I am coming to visit my step-mother next year, and I wondered if anyone remembers my father. I would love to meet you. He used to draw pencil sketches on the back on old papers and he was apparently a lot of fun. He was a handsome man with brown hair and was 6 feet tall. He had a friend named "Taffy" and they often visited a couple named the Pollards in Kingston (I think) They even called her "Mom".

    Sandra Harries Purkis



    Ronald J. Maton 578 Sqd. (d.31st Mar 1944)

    Ronald Maton was a Wireless Operator in 578 Squadron, stationed at RAF Burn. He was killed on 31st March 1944 at Silverstone, whilst returning from raid on Nuremburg.

    David Rogers



    Ray "Bunker" Hill 431 Squadron

    My late Father, Ray Hill was posted to Burn in early 1941 to be part of the new 431 Squadron.

    The Squadron in front of Wellington SE-A at Burn in 1943.

    Marc Hill



    3rd.Eng.Off. Michael Dunn SS Stanburn

    Michael Dunn died when the S.S. Stanburn a 2,450 grt steam cargo ship registered in Cardiff, sank on 27th of October 1946 after hitting an object at position 35 15 N, 11 55 E. He was aged 26, was born in Jarrow in 1919, the son of William and Catherine Dunn (nee Mulheron) of Jarrow.

    Michael is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial.

    Vin Mullen



    Flt.Sgt. Philip Claude Pink 578 Squadron (d.21st Jul 1944)

    Because my family (The Pinks) is almost extinct, I am desperate to find out more about my first cousin, Philip Pink, who was tragically killed in action at the young age of just 21 while serving with Bomber Command. Philip was the son of Ada Pink, my father's sister, born in Sutton, Surrey c1923 but actually brought up by our grandmother, Harriet, to avoid the stigma associated with illegitimacy at that time.

    He was a flight sergeant based at RAF Burn with 578 Squadron and was killed on 21st July, 1944. I would love to hear from anyone who can remember him or has any information about him or his wife, Muriel, who he married in 1942, or their baby girl who I think was called Jean. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    David William Pink







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