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Burton, Frank Earl (Aircraftman 1st Class)

Killed 1942-December-12

Birth Date: 1923-February-20 (age 19)

Born: Glenholm Manitoba

Son of James and Clara Louise Burton, of Eden, Manitoba.

Home: Eden, Manitoba

Enlistment: Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1942-01-01


Aircraftman 1st Class
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
air frame mechanic
Service Numbers
One of sixteen airmen killed in the Knights of Columbus Hostel fire, St John's Newfoundland. AC1 FE Burton (RCAF) was killed. Please see Sturgeon, JG for casualty list. AC1 Burton had survived the sinking of the SS Caribou on Oct 14/42.

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Plot 5 Row 11 Grave 22

Hostel KnightsofColumbus

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Hostel KnightsofColumbus

Knights of Columbus Hostel Fire

Calgary Herald December 16 1942

The Knights of Columbus Hostel fire was a structure fire that occurred on December 12, 1942, in St. John's, Newfoundland in a hostel operated by the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic fraternal organization. A total of 99 people were killed, 80 of whom were military personnel. 109 others were critically wounded.

Taking place during World War II, the fire is believed by many to have been an incident of enemy sabotage orchestrated by agents of Nazi Germany.

The area was a centre of military personnel and activities, including soldiers, sailors, and air forces. Within a few weeks, other suspicious fires or their makings occurred in St. John's that winter, at sites frequented by military personnel. Wikipedia

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