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Air Commodore R H C Burwell (40602)


Reginald Henry Clifford            b: 28 Sep 1914                        r: 4 May 1966             d: xx Apr 1998

CBE - 1 Jan 1958 (OBE – 2 Jan 1950), DFC – 19 Sep 1944, MiD – 1 Jan 1946.

Act Plt Off (P): 26 Mar 1938, Plt Off: 4  Mar 1939, Fg Off: 3 Sep 1940, Flt Lt (WS): 3 Sep 1941, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1944, Act Wg Cdr: 19 Jun 1944?, Sqn Ldr (WS): 19 Dec 1944, Sqn Ldr: 26 Mar 1946 [1 Sep 1945], Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947, Act Gp Capt: xx Aug 1955, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1956, Act A/Cdre: 23 Dec 1961, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1962.

26 Mar 1938:       Granted a Short Service Commission.

 9 Apr 1938:        U/T Pilot, No 10 Flying Training School.

xx xxx xxxx:          Pilot, No 162 Sqn.

17 Jan 1942:        Transferred to RAFO and called up for service.

xx xxx xxxx:          Flight Commander, No 144 Sqn.

19 Sep 1944:       Air Staff, HQ Coastal Command

26 Mar 1946:       Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Squadron Leader (retaining rank current at the time) [wef 1 Sep 1945]

xx xxx 1946:         Staff, Directorate of Plans.

 

xx Aug 1955:        Officer Commanding, RAF Aldergrove.

21 Apr 1958:       Group Captain - Operations Training, HQ Coastal Command.

23 Dec 1961:       Director of Operations - Maritime, Navigation and ATC.

He was flying in the crew of Wellington IC, AD643 of No 162 Squadron on 6 September 1942 on ferry flight from Bilberis to Wadi el Sham when it crashed on take off.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

“Squadron Leader Reginald Henry Clifford BURWELL (40602), R.A.F.O., 144 Sqn.

This officer has participated in very many sorties, including numerous attacks on enemy shipping, on 3 of which eight vessels were attacked with good results. In the fights, Squadron Leader Burwell displayed great skill and courage and pressed home his attacks with the greatest determination in spite of considerable anti-aircraft fire. He is a fine leader.”

(London Gazette – 19 September 1944)

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