Philip Sidney Burgess (1923 - 1943)

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Born 1923 in Kent County, England
Died May 16, 1943 in Germany at 20 years old.
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Birth


Kent County, England

Education

Harvey Grammar School

Military Service

Service number: 124881
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit/ship/squadron: 617 Sqdn.

Death


Germany

Burial / Funeral

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 5. C. 7.,

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Last Known Residence

Folkestone, Kent County, England United Kingdom

Given name

Philip

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Ethnicity

English

Gender

Male

Summary

Flying Officer Philip Sidney Burgess was born in 1923 in Kent, the son of Willis and Marie Taylor Burgess. He had an older brother, Carroll Thomas Burgess, who was born in 1920, served in the Royal Engineers during the war, and passed away in 2003. Carroll and Phil were orphaned young and were brought up by a couple in Folkestone, the Rowlands, who operated a well known sweet shop in the town. Philip attended the Harvey Grammar School, and joined the Royal Air Force during World War II, training as a navigator in Canada. His first combat assignment was to 61 Squadron, a Lancaster unit, where he was crewed with pilot Flight Sergeant Ian "Woody" Woodward of the RNZAF and future 617 Squadron crewmate Flying Officer Charlie Williams, RAAF. Like Williams, Burgess was asked by 61 Squadron pilot Norm Barlow to join his crew for a secret mission on a special squadron being formed for the purpose; it's not known but it is possible that he was brought in on the same terms as Williams, with the remaining ops of his first tour forgiven. Burgess, his friend Charlie Williams, and the rest of the crew of Lancaster ED927/G "E Easy" were killed on the night of 16 May 1943 during Operation Chastise, the Dams raid.

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Philip Sidney Burgess (1923 - 1943) was born in 1923 in Kent County, England. He was born into the Burgess family.

He died on May 16, 1943 in Germany at 20 years of age. Philip was buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 5. C. 7.,.

Philip Sidney Burgess's last known residence is at Folkestone, Kent County, England United Kingdom.

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