RAeC Certificate 13805 dated 27 Mar 1936, taken at North Staffs Aero Club on Miles Hawk
prev. a motor engineer
Address in 1936: "Dundella", Bromley Rd, Congleton, Cheshire
prev. exp. 56 hrs, including this:
"CONGLETON PILOT'S ESCAPE.
Disaster overtook Mr. Harold Burns, of Congleton, when making a flight from the Heir Aerodrome on Sunday in a Flying Flea which he had constructed himself, with the assistance of his father.
He had previously flown the machine in the Congleton district, and had made several successful flights at Heir on Sunday before the crash. It is stated that the accident occurred because the pilot lost height. The machine struck the ground with great force and was wrecked, and eye-witnesses were amazed to see Burns extricate himself from the wreckage apparently not seriously injured. He appeared to be only slightly upset by his narrow escape. and remarked that it was "part of the flying game".
The pilot's father was at the aerodrome at the time and superintended the removal of the wreckage. Burns received medical attention at the North Staffs Aero Clubhouse on the aerodrome." - Crewe Chronicle - 11 Apr 1936
m. 1938 Millicent [Parker]
Postings: 5TFPP, 14FPP
Class 5 (4-engine) pilot
5 accidents, 1 his fault:
- 3 Nov 1941, a forced landing near Evesham in Master I W8734 after engine failure
- 20 Dec 1942, he failed to correct the landing swing in Spitfire Vc ES318, ran off the runway and nosed over
- 23 Mar 1943, the port undercarriage of his Wellington HZ372 collapsed after landing at Middleton St. George, due to a defect,
- 27 Mar 1943, whilst stationary on the perimeter track at Ringway, the tail of his Argus I EV795 was struck by a taxying Fulmar
- 20 Apr 1945, after a normal landing at Ringway in Firefly II Z1870, the undercarriage collapsed due to a technical fault.
"A good all-round ferry pilot with a capacity for hard work. He is thorough in his duties and can be relied upon at all times. He has ferried over 600 aircraft to date"
d. 30 Jul 1983 - Congleton