Ronald Garnet BURTON

BURTON, Ronald Garnet

Service Numbers: 403856, N74399
Enlisted: 4 June 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 50 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Millthorpe, New South Wales, Australia, 31 October 1919
Home Town: Millthorpe, Blayney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, At sea, off Germany, 7 June 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Millthorpe & District Roll of Honour, Millthorpe Uniting Church Memorial Fence, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, 403856
4 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, N74399, Reception / Reinforcements / Personnel Depots
4 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 403856, No. 50 Squadron (RAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

On the 7th of June 1942 Manchester bomber L7471 of 50SQN RAF crashed in the North Sea approximately 50 miles seaward from the Frisian Islands as it was on the return leg after bombing the target of Emden in Germany

Sergeant Ronald Garnet Burton 403856 RAAF was killed instantly - his body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Pilot Officer Argyle Donald Beatty 403104 died of injuries in a German Army Field Hospital on the 10th of September 1942

The rest of the all Australian crew were picked up by a German seaplane and became Prisoners of War and were eventually repatriated: Buchanan, Ronald Gibson (Sergeant) 404646 / Stanlan, Alan Frederick (Sergeant) 402615 / Tebbutt, Arthur Campbell (Sergeant) 402472 / Davies, Ronald Frank (Sergeant) 400342 / Allen, Frederick William Robert (Pilot Officer) 400362