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obtained a commission into the R.A.F. After qualifying in a specialist engineering course
he went to Farnborough as a test pilot and then to the Staff College at Andover. When
war broke out he saw considerable service with the Advanced
Air
Striking Force in France.
Burke became Chief Production Officer to the Ministry of Aircraft Production at the
Bristol Aircraft Company in June, 1940, a post he held until he was killed
in
a daylight
raid on Torquay on the 25th October, 1942.
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Lieutenant STEPHEN ROBERT BURSTALL, Singapore Volunteer Defence Force,
Blucher 1921 to 1924, went out East after leaving Wellington and joined the firm of
Caldbeck, Macgregor and Company (Wine Merchants) in Malaya. At the outbreak of
war he joined the Volunteer Defence Force and was a Lieutenant when Singapore fell.
Burstall fell into enemy hands and died on August 5th, 1942, in the prisoner-of-war camp
at Changi gaol outside Singapore.
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Squadron Leader ROGER JOYCE BUSHELL, Royal
Air
Force, Wellesley 1924 to 1928,
was born in South Africa and arrived at Wellington from a Johannesburg preparatory school.
Vigorous and well known at Wellington, he left a house Prefect, member of the XV and
a 1st Class Scout. For a term he was at Grenoble University, where he developed his
amazing capacity as a linguist. From Grenoble Bushell went up to Pembroke College,
Cambridge, captained the joint Oxford and Cambridge ski-ing team which defeated McGill
University in Canada, won the British Open ski Championship in Switzerland and
represented Britain at ski-ing in 1934. He came down from Cambridge with a Law degree,
was called to the Bar and practised on the Criminal side. All this time he was learning more
languages, till he had made himself fluent in seven. A Pilot Officer in the Auxiliary Air
Force in 1932, he was promoted Squadron Leader in 1939, re-formed and trained No. 92
Squadron at Tangmere and, on May 10th, 1940, led an operational patrol between Calais
and Dunkirk which claimed 23 enemy aircraft. But Roger Bushell's own plane was shot
down on the last flight of the day and he was taken prisoner to a Dulag-Luft camp. He
made many exciting escapes, was often long at large and when recaptured after the killing
of Gauleiter Heydrich
in
Bohemia Bushell was warned that if he tried to escape again he
would certainly be shot. They sent him to Stalag-Luft III and he was murdered judicially
by the Gestapo, after the great break-away, on March 25th, 1944. (This story is fully
told in
Escape to Danger).
Of Roger BushelI a senior officer writes, " He
will
live
in
my
memory as one of the greatest men of his generation."
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Lieutenant JOHN COMPTON CARTER, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Talbot
1918 to 1923, displayed his zeal for music while he was at Wellington, where he won
the Instrumental Prize. The war found
him
a senior partner in the firm of Sayle, Carter
and Company, Solicitors, of Cannon Street. He was serving as a Petty Officer in 1940
and passed out of the Officers Training School at Lancing as a sub-lieutenant at the end
of that year. Till 1943 Carter held shore appointments but that March he went to sea
in
H.M.S.
Glasgow
and saw action against German destroyers in the Bay of Biscay. For his
services then he was mentioned in dispatches. Appointed lieutenant in a frigate, he
asked for a transfer to corvettes, which was granted. On January 26th, 1945, he was killed
on active service during operations off North Africa.
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