Remember the article I posted.
Flying Officer Wallace Victor John Burdis J/40853
Just a name?
This pilot’s name was in Walter Dove’s logbook.
He died on April 17, 1945.
The war was not over by any means…
Just take a look at these pages.
F/O Buzz Burdis Crashed and Died To-Day – Lack of Petrol
In memory of
WALLACE VICTOR JOHN BURDIS
who died on April 17, 1945
Service Number: J/40853
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 403 Sqdn.
This is a picture of Wallace Burdis found on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial site.
There is more on the site…
He wrote a letter to his father one day before he died.
I will tell you more tomorrow.
Well, I got this comment…
I posted the letter and photo of Wallace Burdis on the Virtual War Mem site. Wallace was the only child of my great-uncle, related by marriage, so he has no blood relatives, but we remember him all the time because his dad, Uncle Clem and his step-mom, Aunt Alice, were a very close part of our family. I am so thrilled to see pictures of Wally that we didn’t even know existed!
My dad is going to be so excited to see them.
Dean Black sent me this information about Wallace Burdis…
Thursday, April 12, 1945
Continued operations from B.100, three operational trips flown, armed recces in the Oldenberg area.
1st operation – 12 sorties,
2nd operation – 12 sorties,
3rd operation – 8 sorties.
Three new pilots arrived on the Squadron today,
J29779 F/O A.A. Roy,
J39160 F/O R. Young,
J40853 F/O W.V.J. Burdis, all beginning their first tour.
The best style is the style you don’t notice.
— Somerset Maugham