Flying Officer John Burgess (128714) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the son of John (Senior) Burgess and Elizabeth Burgess of 3 Cambrai Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim.
John was a Bomb Aimer / Navigator with RAF 158 Squadron. Before the outbreak of war, he worked as an engineer at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in his hometown. By 1943, he had 3 years of service in the Royal Air Force and joined RAF 158 Squadron on 14th March 1943 from No. 1658 Heavy Conversion Unit.
He died on 4th April 1943 aged 21 years old when Handley-Page Halifax HR754 NP-K crashed near Goxhill, Hornsea. The crew was bound for a bombing raid on the German city of Essen. They took off from RAF Lissett, Yorkshire at 1940hrs on 3rd April 1943.
The Halifax bomber came down on the return leg of the journey between Stud Farm and Wassand Hall on the south of Hornsea Mere at 0048hrs on 4th April 1943. Of a total of 7 crew members on board, 4 died in the incident.
Remembering the crew of Halifax HR754
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Information|
|Keedwell||John||Sergeant||Pilot||RAFVR 925015. Killed.|
|Franks||John Robert||Sergeant||Flight Engineer||RAFVR 998499. Killed.|
|Burgess||John||Flying Officer||Bomb Aimer||RAFVR 128714. Killed.|
|Loose||Reginald Victor||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAFVR 1395954. Killed.|
|Simpson||William Rhymer||Flying Officer||Navigator||RAFVR 130239. Injured.|
|Nurse||Reginald Sydney||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAF 1496525. Injured.|
|Froud||Leonard Francis||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAF 1379219. Injured.|