Date: 1941 May 24/25 A/C Type: Blenheim IV SN: V6380 Code: RH-G A/C Nickname:
 File: 223 Airforce: RAF Sqn/Unit: 88 Sqn Mission/Raid: Partol Channel Belgian coast
1 Pilot P/O Bruce E. Hislop             Australia  -  MIA 9    
2 Obs P/O Robert M. Burlinson   RCAF, from Tuscon, USA 10    
3 WO/AG Sgt. Maurice A. Stratton     Melissant, now BOZ. 11    
4     12    
5     13    
6     14    
7     15    
8     16                    

Attacked convoy off Oostende. On return attacked by German fighters. Belly landed into the Channel.

P/O Robert M. Burlinson (from Tucson, Arizona, USA. Volunteered the Canadian Airforce to fight the Nazis before the US entered WW2). He washed ashore Zandvoort beach 4 weeks later after crash in sea and was buried in Amsterdam on 21 October 1941. Still rests there today.

Sgt. Stratton was reburied in Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery. Initially buried on the coast at Melissant.


- 2012 research of the original Amsterdam cemetery files and reconstruction of the war graves burial plan 1940-1945.  
- website CWGC
- website WW2talk

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