Flight Sergeant Norman George Albert BURGES

Service No: 432109
Born: Lane Cove NSW, 17 October 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 December 1942
Unit: No. 103 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Elsham Wolds
Died: Air Operations (No. 103 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ND632), Sussex, 26 August 1944, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Oswald and Winifred Gertrude Helena Burges, of Wingham, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Epping NSW
Remembered: Panel 119, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Taree World War 2 and Post War Memorials, Taree NSW
Remembered: Wingham Memorial Town Hall, Wingham NSW

Lancaster ND632 took-off from Elsham Wolds at 2013 hours on the night of 25 August 1944, detailed to bomb Russelheim, Germany. During the mission which had been completed, the aircraft was badly shot up by enemy action and was attempting to return to base. The aircraft crashed and burst into flames while attempting to land at Ford Airfield in Sussex, and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of ND632 were:

Flight Sergeant Norman George Albert Burges (432109) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant Ernest Bull (1593511) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant James Alexander Cruickshanks (1564167) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Norman John Lewis (153471) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Allen Parker Tebbutt (1583675) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant William Voellner (906410) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Flying Officer Lawrence Edward Westcott (175159) (RAFVR) (Pilot)


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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/6/689
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Charlwood, D.E.C. (Donald Ernest Cameron) (408794) No Moon Tonight (Angus and Robertson 1956), Penguin Ringwood VIC, 3134, 1991

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