Royal New Zealand Navy Volunteer Reserves.
Allen Russell Burgham was born as son to A.J. Jack Burgham and Ellen Burgham on October 29th, 1920.
Allen Burgham entered service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). In March 1941 he was transferred to the Fleet Air Arm (FAA). May 1st, he left for Great Britain to be trained at EFTS Luton, Bedfordshire. Afterwards he left for Canada to be trained at SFTS Kingston where he was promoted to Pilot Officer in May 1942. Back in Great Britain, he took up advanced training at OTU Yeovilton, Sommerset and at St. Merryn, Cornwall. December 1942, he received his operational posting with 804 Squadron, flying the Hawker Sea Hurrican IIc. June 1943, he was transferred to 835 Squadron and served aboard HMS Battler, HMS Ravager and HMS Chaser respectively. In December, his unit was transferred to HMS Nairana. March 1944, Burgham was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and on May 26th, he shot his first enemy aircraft. September 1944, 835 Squadron underwent conversion training to the Grumman Wildcat VI for escort missions to Murmansk. March 31st , 1945, the unit was equiped with the Wildcat as well as with the Fairey Swordfish. Back in Great Britain, the unit was disbanded and the Wildcat pilots ended up in 821 Squadron.
After World War Two, Burgham returned to New Zealand. He left the military service in 1946. Later he moved to Canada and there joned the Canadian Naval Air Service. He became Commanding Officer to the Royal Canadian Navy's VC 921 Squadron in 1952.
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