The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A D Burt
Alfred Denmark Burt was born on 27th July 1916 and educated at Brockenhurst County School. He joined the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice at Halton on 7th September 1932 to train as a Fitter II (Airframes and Aero Engines). He passed out on 26th July 1935 and was posted to 4 (AC) Squadron as an LAC.
Burt applied for pilot training and on 18th January 1938 he began flying at 2 E&RFTS Filton, moving on to 10 FTS Ternhill on 27th March.
With his training completed he was posted to No. 1 Electrical and Wireless School, Cranwell on 30th October 1938 as a staff pilot. At the outbreak of war Burt joined 46 Squadron at Kenley but on 16th September 1939 he moved to 611 Squadron at Digby.
611 Squadron at Digby 1940
Back row standing: Sgt. Levenson, F/Lt. Macfie, Sgt. Burt, F/Lt. Scott -Malden, P/O CAT Jones, unknown, P/O DA Adams, Sgt. AS Darling, F/O B Heath, Sgt. EN Kelsey.
Middle sitting/crouching: F/Lt. DH Watkins, F/O WJ Jack Leather, F/O KM Stoddart, P/O PSC Pollard.
Front: P/O MP Brown.
On 21st August 1940 he shared in shooting down two Do17's off the Lincolnshire coast and on 11th September he probably destroyed a He111.
Burt was posted to 603 Squadron at Hornchurch on 4th October and he was slightly wounded in action on 14th November.
On 17th December he was sent to CFS Upavon for an instructors course, after which he went to 15 FTS Kidlington.
Burt was posted overseas on 22nd October 1941, going to 24 Air School at Nigel, South Africa as an instructor. He was commissioned from Warrant Officer in August 1942. In September 1944 Burt returned to the UK and joined No. 1 ADU Redhill as a ferry pilot.
On 28th February 1945 Burt was posted to 512 Squadron at Broadwell. He was awarded the AFC (gazetted 14th June 1945). A year later he went to 271 Squadron, also at Broadwell, as a pilot and Squadron Training Officer.
271 was disbanded on 1st December 1946 and re-numbered 77 Squadron. Burt went to 241 OCU, North Luffenham on 27th January 1948 and later took part in the Berlin Air Lift.
He was awarded a Bar to the AFC (gazetted 1st January 1955).
Burt held a number of staff appointments prior to his retirement on 27th July 1958 as a Squadron Leader.
He died on 17th March 1980.