Herbert Roy Burden

November 15, 1919 - January 28, 2005

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438 Squadron

Herbert Roy Burden was born in Regina, Saskatchewan to Ernest and Ada (nee Shepherd) Burden. The family moved to Richmond, BC when he was eleven years old.

He flew with 118 Squadron on Annette Island, Alaska, flying the P-40 Kittyhawk during 1943. In November of that year, he joined 438 Squadron. By March 1944, he was flying Typhoons dive-bombing V1 launch sites over Europe. On D-Day, he bombed coastal defences and witnessed the invastion from his Typhoon. On June 14, he took over 'B' Flight, with bridges and motor transport as his targets. He finished with 98 operational sorties.

After the war, he was a postal clerk and civil servant. He and his wife, Virginia (nee Hampson) were married in August 1941 and they had two daughters. Roy enjoyed hiking, camping and house-building.

Roy's full story can be found in Wayne Ralph's book Aces, Warriors & Wingmen.

Harry Hardy, 440 Squadron states, "A true picture of Roy, but they should have mentioned the fact that it was his severe motorcycle accident that hospitalized him for months that caused the order to come down that the pilots could NOT ride motorcycles on the beach head. It spoiled our fun!"

Additional information, courtesy of Frank Dutil, 438 Historian.

Enlisted on 6 November 1940 in Vancouver. Went to 15 EFTS in Regina and then on to 11 SFTS in Yorkton, received his wings on 16 August 1941. 1 FIS in Trenton on the Flying instructor course then to 32 SFTS in Moose Jaw to instruct in November 1941. To 1 OTU in Bagotville in March 1943. 118 Sqn at Annette Island, Alaska on 5 June 1943. Crossed over to the UK with the squadron (438) in November 1943 and flew on ops with 438 Sqn until the end of hostilities in Europe. Repatriated in August 1945.

Received an MID - Mention in Despatches - No.438 Squadron (Overseas) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.