Aircraftman Class 1 Francis James BURKE

Service No: 118157
Born: Broken Hill NSW, 2 October 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 September 1942 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 1 Fighter Wing
Died: Injuries, RAAF Station Richmond NSW, 24 November 1942, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Sydney War Cemetery, Rookwood NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Thomas Burke and Ethel Mary Burke, of Adelaide, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Adelaide SA
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 23 November 1942, Aircraftman Class 1 Burke (Mess Steward) was found shot outside a billet at Richmond. An investigation found that a rifle with a length of string attached to the trigger was on the floor of the billet. He was admitted to hospital but died at 0040 hours on 24 November 1942.


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, 103/93/800

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