LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Frank Reginald BURROWS

Service No: 416824
Born: Broken Hill NSW, 25 November 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1941 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: No. 622 Squadron (RAF), RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk
Died: Air Operations (No. 622 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ED808), France, 11 April 1944, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Henry and Ann Marie Burrows, of Mile End, South Australia.
Roll of Honour: Adelaide SA
Remembered: Panel 119, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On the night of 10/11th April 1944, Lancaster ED808 took off from RAF Mildenhall Suffolk, at 0125 hours, detailed to bomb railway yards at Lyons, France. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off, and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed some 25 kms to 30 kms north of Le Havre and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of ED808 were:

Sergeant James Morton Allan (1487859) (RAF) Mid Upper Gunner)
Pilot Officer Frank Reginald Burrows (416824) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Norman Butcher (1320767) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant John James King (1395486) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Herbert McGiffen (542658) (RAF) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas John Stanley (1581810) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Alexander Wragg (1247336) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/6/483

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