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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A A Burtenshaw


Allan Anthony Burtenshaw was born in Windsor on 23rd February 1920. His family settled in Snodland, Kent where he played for the local cricket team.

He was awarded a choral scholarship to Eton College Choir School (see below) and after graduating he joined the RAFVR in April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called to full-time service on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 23 EFTS and 5 FTS and was posted to 54 Squadron at Catterick on 29th September 1940.


(Above: Burtenshaw presumably during basic training as he has not yet been awarded his wings)


(Above: Now a qualified pilot)



(Above: While serving with 54 squadron, at far left in lower photo).


He was killed on 12th March 1941 whilst flying in Spitfire II P7689 of No 54 Sqn, which was shot down by a Me109 near Maidstone.


(Above: He had married his wife Muriel Vida Burtenshaw (nee Francis, known as Peggy) only a few months previously).


He is buried in Snodland Cemetery.





Additional research and wartime photos courtesy of the Burtenshaw family.





Above: Burtenshaw is seated on the ground, fifth from left.


During research into Old Etonians who were Battle of Britain pilots by the Eton School Librarian it was realised that Burtenshaw had previously been incorrectly listed as an Old Etonian when in fact he was an Eton College Chorister. Furthermore, it was then realised by the librarian that his name had been omitted from the Eton College war memorial and steps were then taken to add his name to the memorial.

On 8th July 2022 a small group gathered to witness the blessing of the newly created entry. Burtenshaw's nephew was present as were representatives from the British Legion and RAF.






Above images courtesy of Eton College via Sarah Warren (Eton School Librarian).




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