Alfred William Burge DFC
In 1944 MH434 was transferred to 350 Sqn. Hornchurch, before being returned to 222 Sqn. Lardner Burke had by now been posted on, and the aircraft was next assigned to Flt Sgt Alfred ‘Bill’ Burge. He flew another 12 operational sorties in the aircraft before the Squadron’s existing Mk IXs were exchanged for a modified variant that could carry rockets. After over 80 operational sorties, MH434 was stood down in March 1945.
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Bill Burge remained in the UK as a squadron leader on secondment to the RAF, and stayed on as a test pilot until the late 1940s. He moved back to NZ with his English wife and finished up as chief air traffic controller at Auckland airport. He moved to the Gold Coast in the early 90s and lives in Runaway Bay, where he still fends for himself, aged 95.