Geoffrey Shuttleworth BURGAN DFC


BURGAN, Geoffrey Shuttleworth

Service Number: 407284
Enlisted: 17 August 1940, Adelaide
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Mclaren Flat, South Australia, 7 July 1916
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: McLaren Flat School, South Australia
Occupation: Transport Driver
Died: Flying Battle, India, 9 April 1942, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Singapore Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

17 Aug 1940: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 407284
17 Aug 1940: Enlisted Adelaide
17 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 407284
17 Aug 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 407284
7 Apr 1942: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross
9 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 407284, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 407284

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Geoffrey Shuttleworth BURGAN was born in McLaren Flat, South Australia on 7th July, 1916

His parents were Charles BURGAN & Mary Caroline FIELD

He enlisted in Adelaide on 17th August, 1940 with the Royal Australian Air Force

Geoffrey died during a flying battle in India on 9th April, 1942 whilst serving with the No. 11 Squadron RAF in a Blenheim Fighter Aircraft  (Z7896) - death was presumed as his body was never found - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial, the Singapore Memorial, & the Prisoner of War Memorial in Ballarat

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) on 7th April, 1942

Citation:  "This officer has shown outstanding keenness and ability during the campaign in the Western Desert. On one occasion he was shot down and taken prisoner but displaying great daring and initiative, he succeeded in escaping and brough back much valuable information"


Two of his brothers served in WW2

1. Richard Clement BURGAN (SN SX17334) - discharged in 1945

2. Thomas Charles BURGAN (SN SX 10655) & (SN S213273) discharged 1940 & reinlisted & discharged 1946