Gordon Birlison, P/O
Personal information
Age 24
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of William Norman Birlison, and of Sarah A. Birlison, Kirk Merrington, Co. Durham, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 195693
Rank P/O
Function Wireless Operator
Platoon / Troop / Flight Unknown
Company / Squadron 48 Squadron
Unit / Group Unknown
Division / Transport / Command Unknown
Regiment Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Death information
Died when 21-9-1944
Died where Volkel
Spot Near Airfield
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Uden, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 1-I-13
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

Dakota ( C-47 ) KG-579 was on it's way back from the suply drop and shot at by 4 or 5 German fighters about 17.30 hrs. Still flying but with one engine on fire in the area of the village Zeeland several men parachuted out. P/O G. Birlison, P/O F.C. Clarke, Airdespatchers L/Cpl. Pilson, Dvr. Everett, L/Cpl. Harribin and L/Cpl. Moorcroft. Whilst descending on their parachutes Birlison and Corp were strafed by the German fighters and died of their wounds soon after they had landed. The plane crashed near the runway of airfield Volkel with Flt.Sgt D.H.R. Plear and P/O D.A. Webb still in it.

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Gordon Birlison, P/O
Personal information
Age 24
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of William Norman Birlison, and of Sarah A. Birlison, Kirk Merrington, Co. Durham, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 195693
Rank P/O
Function Wireless Operator
Platoon / Troop / Flight Unknown
Company / Squadron 48 Squadron
Unit / Group Unknown
Division / Transport / Command Unknown
Regiment Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Death information
Died when 21-9-1944
Died where Volkel
Spot Near Airfield
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Uden, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 1-I-13
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

Dakota ( C-47 ) KG-579 was on it's way back from the suply drop and shot at by 4 or 5 German fighters about 17.30 hrs. Still flying but with one engine on fire in the area of the village Zeeland several men parachuted out. P/O G. Birlison, P/O F.C. Clarke, Airdespatchers L/Cpl. Pilson, Dvr. Everett, L/Cpl. Harribin and L/Cpl. Moorcroft. Whilst descending on their parachutes Birlison and Corp were strafed by the German fighters and died of their wounds soon after they had landed. The plane crashed near the runway of airfield Volkel with Flt.Sgt D.H.R. Plear and P/O D.A. Webb still in it.

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