Burdett, Norman William Ellison

Personal Information

Rank P/O
Forename(s) Norman William Ellison
Surname Burdett
Gender M
Age 28
Date of Death 22-04-1944
Next of Kin Son of Norman William and Edith Olive Roberts (Ellison), of Vancouver, Canada. Both were born in England (married in Wortley, Yorkshire in 1906). Husband of Muryl Burdett (née Ford- married in Kimberley on 4 February 1942).

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster I
Serial Number ME581
Markings BQ-D

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Belgium
Burial/Memorial Place Heverlee War Cemetery
Grave Reference Coll. grave 5. E. 19-25.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 15

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/86419
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 1
Squadron 550
Squadron Motto Per ignem vincimus (Through fire we conquer)
Trade Flight engineer
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location On Forest Trail nr Berinzenne recreation centre, Berinzenne, Liege Province
Country Belgium
Memorial Type Memorial Stone, inscribed metal plaque and stencilled composite plaque
Memorial Text
Translation "TO THE EVERLASTING MEMORY OF J.23416 F/O. P.G. MILBURN R.C.A.F., 1542325 SGT. J. PALFREY R.A.F., R.160524 W.O. N.W.E. BURDETT R.C.A.F., J.25521 F/O. B.B. ASHLEY R.C.A.F., 1578974 SGT. S.W. COURTENAY R.A.F., 50765 F/O. S.M. CLARKE R.A.F., 148510 F/O. D.W. MAGAN R.A.F., WHO LOST THEIR LIVES HERE, ON ST. GEORGE’S DAY 23-4-44 AT 1H20 A.M. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY."
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Location Chemin du Stoquois, Rebecq, Walloon Brabant Province
Country Belgium
Memorial Type Metal sculpture & inscribed metal plaques
Memorial Text
Translation "Dedicated to the crew killed in the loss of 550 Sqn Lancaster ME581 BQ-D at Berinzelle 23 Apr 44"
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Location Lancaster Approach, North Killingholme, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Memorial Stone & Info Board
Memorial Text A memorial to 550 Sqn RAF which flew from RAF North Killingholme; Jan 1944 - Oct 1945
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Location Church of St. Deny's, North Killingholme, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stained Glass Window, RoH and inscribed Metal & Wooden Plaques
Memorial Text Several memorials to the men and women who served with 550 Sqn at RAF Killingholme during WW2
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Miscellaneous Information

Norman was born on 31 December 1916 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. His father was a retired accountant and lived in 12th Avenue, Vancouver. Norman spent four years at Kimberley High School where he took the Public course as well as grade 11 and part of 12, during 1934/35. Norman worked for C.M & S Trail, first as a labourer in 1935-37 in British Columbia, he then transferred to the goldfield site in Saskatchewan where he was a miner (construction labourer)between 1937-1939 and again transferred, this time to Kimberley, where he was a warehouse clerk from 1939 until enlisting. Between January and February 1941, Norman was a private with the Rocky Mountain Rangers. Norman's wife was also in RCAF and worked at No. 7 SFTS, MacLeod, Alberta. Her service number was W/308831.
He enlisted in Calgary on 16 March 1942 and after training embarked for the U.K. on 26 January 1943. He was at 3 PRC on 5 February 1943, 6 (AOS) 15 June, 81 OTU 20 July .1662 CU 19 October 1943 and 550 Squadron on 15 March 1944. He lost his life just over a month later.
He enjoyed swimming, skating and baseball, and photography was his hobby.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 22-04-1944
End Date 23-04-1944
Takeoff Station North Killingholme
Day/Night Raid Night (0% moon)
Operation Dusseldorf
Reason for Loss Shot down by night fighter near Liege

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