Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R.3, 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence and War Medals;
Air Efficiency Award, G.VI.R. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in January 1941.
He commenced his operational career with RAF 95 in the Gambia.
Remembering F/O JACK PYBUS add crew
Sunderlands D/95 and E/95 received signal to look out for B/95 and searched position given. E/95: Nothing sighted but oil patches, apparently recent observed in JKCR 2430, 13 mile radius search - nothing sighted. Search continued 10th and 11th June.
P/O J Pybus
F/O J M Henderson
F/O R W Lawrence
P/O D J Whalley
Sgt V Cromer
Sgt J E Burley
Sgt R G Greenman
LAC J M McNeill
AC1 H K McCombie
The following is recorded at http://barnsleywarmemorials.weebly.com/ardsley.html
John Edward Burley (943928)
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve - 95 Sqdn.
11 June 1942, aged 25
Son of Walter and Edith Burley, of Burton Grange, Yorkshire.
Lost when Sunderland flying boat L 5805, detailed to escort a ship to Freetown, Sierra Leone on 11 June 1942 went missing.
The aircraft was last seen circling the ship on a bearing of 284 degrees approx 135 miles from Freetown in the early hours of 11 June, after which it proceeded in a north easterly direction.
At 14:00 hours a possible white light was sighted at a low height, but no sound of engines was heard
During the next three days extensive air and sea searches were carried out, but no trace of the aircraft or crew were found. It was presumed that the aircraft forced landed at sea during the night patrol and that the crew were lost at sea.
Auckland War Memorial
F/O JACK PYBUS
Royal New Zealand Air Force,
11 June 1942, Aged 28