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Eric Burchmore
Birth: Jun. 18, 1920
North Yorkshire, England
Death: Oct. 11, 1994, England

Royal Air Force officer. He oversaw the introduction of the Harrier Jump Jet to the British armed forces. On completing his education at the Robert Atkinson School he enlisted in the Royal Air Force, but was prevented from becoming a pilot by his faulty colour vision. Instead he trained as an aircraft engineer at RAF Halton, before being posted to RAF Kenley where he served as an aircraft fitter during the Battle of Britain. In 1944 he was put in charge of modifying the Consolidated Liberator aircraft used in 159 Squadron's raid on Penang. With a round trip of more than three thousand miles, this was the longest distance bombing mission in history, and his contribution helped ensure that all the aircraft crews returned safely, for which he was made a military Member of the British Empire. After the war he began a new career as an electrical engineer, and was posted to the Far East and Cyprus. In 1968 he headed the team responsible for the introduction of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier Jump Jet into Royal Air Force service and also took part in the negotiations which led to the aircraft's sale to the United States Marine Corps. He was made a Companion of the British Empire in 1972 and retired from the Royal Air Force three years later to become deputy director of housing for the London Borough of Camden, but resigned in 1980 over his support for the sale of council houses. The remainder of his working life was spent as the manager of a defence company, and he died from a heart attack after ten years in retirement. (bio by: js) 
St Luke Churchyard
Tandridge District
Surrey, England
Plot: Churchyard.
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Record added: Feb 08, 2010
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