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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. P S Burley


Peter Slater Burley was born on 3rd January 1921 in Bakewell, Derbyshire. His paternal grandfather had the surname 'Wild' and the name was also spelled 'Wyld' and 'Wilde' in the family.

PS Burley, whose father was shown in the 1939 register as an Assurance Agent, joined the RAF as a Boy Entrant in 1937. He volunteered for flying duties and was sent for a radar course at RAF Yatesbury.

He was serving with 600 Squadron at Manston by 28th June 1940 as an Aircraftsman.

Burley flew seven operational sorties during the Battle of Britain. He was promoted to Sergeant in early October. Subsequently Burley contracted TB and spent the final years of the war in hospital in Worcester.

He married Edna Eileen Thompson in June 1941 in Polesworth, Warwickshire.

Burley died in 1978 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.


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