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Fate In Battle is date of incident between July 10 1940 and October 31 1940. Fate After Battle is date of death after the Battle

The Battle of Britain clasp (worn on the 1939-45 Star – or a silver gilt rosette if medal ribbons only are worn) is restricted to aircrew from 71 defined units
of RAF Fighter Command, Coastal Command or the Fleet Air Arm, who flew at least one operational sortie between 00:01 July 10 1940 and 23:59 October 31 1940.

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1501 KnightRoland Anthony LeeFlt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)37772British23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-09-27Dunkirk Town Cemetery
1502 KnockerWilliam Rodney AlexanderFg Off (later W/C)74333British264 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
11990-12-27Survived but P/O F.A.Toombs killed when Defiant (N1547) caught fire, engine cut out 15 November 1940. They hit a tree on landing and the aircraft exploded near Rochford. Citation for OBE 'On 21st March 1945 a light bomber crashed and burst into flames while attempting to take off. Wing Commander Knocker immediately rushed to the scene and on arrival found that the pilot of the aircraft was trapped in the blazing wreckage. Heedless of warnings, Wing Commander Knocker crawled under the burning aircraft and twisted the entangling metal away from the pilot's legs, and then helped to remove him to safety. This officer displayed gallantry, and a complete disregard for his own safety in the face of the possibility of bombs exploding.'
Image courtesy Will Knocker (son)
1503 KomaroffLennert AexelSgt (later Flt Lt)118438RAFVRBritish141 Sqd


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KIA1944-09-19He was husband of Helen Komaroff of Prestwick. Sgt. air gunner/Navigator with 141 Sqd flying Defiants and Beaufighters. Flying throughout the Battle. With FO I.H. Cosby he shot down a Ju88 south of the Isle of Wight on August 25 1941. Commissioned in March 1942 . He was killed on September 19 1944 flying Mosquitoes with 29 Squadron, aged 26 years. and is buried at Bergen-op-Zoom, Holland in grave 28.A.2

1504 KomínekJosefFlt Sgt787980RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

Czech MC (War Cross?)

Hurricane2KIA1941-06-08Pilot. Brookwood Military Cemetery Age 27

1505 KopeckyMiroslavSgt (later Flt Lt)787984 107246RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

111 Sqd

253 Sqd

HurricaneDied1983-08-19Died Zimbabwe
1506 KoprivaJosefSgt (later Flt Lt)787542 104395RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

19 Sqd

255 Sqd

68 Sqd

HurricaneDied1976-06-23Wrote off Hurricane I (P8811) 3 September 1940 at 10:00hrs, shot down by a Bf 110 but escaped injury. Died UK
1507 KörberKarelSgt (later W/O)787699RAFVRCzech32 Sqd

222 Sqd

310 Sqd Czech


1508 KordulaFrantišekPlt Off (later W/C)82156RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

1 Sqd

17 Sqd

Hurricane2Died1979-09-19Died UK
1509 KornickiRichardP-0695PAFPoland303 Sqd (Polish)
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HurricaneSurvived war2017-11-161 operational sortie

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1510 KosarzWilhelmSgt780828PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIA1940-11-081940 died in the Battle of Britain. From RAF Northolt in Hurricane P3538 - combat flight. Attacked by Bf 109 and a burning streak of gasoline. Crashed near Mayfield in Sussex. The pilot was killed. - buried in Northwood Cemetery Age 32
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1511 KosińskiBronisław Kazimierz Flt LtP-0298PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Hurricane2MIA1942-01-26Flew Hurricanes with 302 Sqd during the Battle of Britain. 2 kills, 3 shared 2 probable and shared in the damaging of 2 enemy aircraft. Flying from RAF Harrowbeer in Spitfire AA747 on sweep in the Brest region. Attacked by German fighters, shot down and killed over the sea
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1512 KoukalJosefSgt (later Flt Lt)787979 120764RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

312 Sqd Czech

Hurricane2WIADied1980-02-23Wounded 7 September 1940 at 18:10hrs. Badly burned after combat over the Thames Estuary. Hurricane I (V7437) crashed at Harty Marshes in Kent. Died Luže
1513 KowalskiJulianFg Off (later W/C)PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
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Medal Lotniczy (x2)

Hurricane41986-12-07302 in the Battle of Britain from July 26, 1940. On November 25, 1941, became commander of 302 Sqd. February 15, 1944, commander of 133 Fighter Wing and then 131 of the Polish Fighter Wing (from April 4 to July 12, 1944). - On February 25, 1945 he became the Polish commander of RAF Coltishall base.
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1514 KozłowskiFranciszekPlt Off76729PAFPolish501 Sqd
HurricaneWIAKIA1942-03-13Wounded 18 August 1940 in Hurricane I (P3185) at 13:30hrs. He was one of four Hurricanes from the Squadron shot down over Canterbury by Gerhard Schöpfel of III Gruppe of JG 26 flying a Bf 109.
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1515 KramerMarcusPlt Off (later Flt Lt)77345RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-05-21A pharmacist from Thorpe Bay Essex, he was born in Bermondsey in 1911 son of Mr and Mrs Emmanuel Kramer of 3, Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea. Joined the RAFVR in March 1939, and was commissioned in February 1940. Pilot Officer with 600 Sqd. On May 10 1940 he flew as gunner with P/O R C Haine with 6 Blenheims on an attack in broad daylight on Rotterdam (Waalhaven) aerodrome, just captured by German paratroops that morning. Haine claimed a Bf 109 destroyed and two Ju52s damaged before he was shot down by Bf 110s and made a force-landing in Holland. haine and his gunner, P/O M.Kramer, and the CO's navigator, Sgt Davis, evaded capture and made it back to England via the Royal Navy. For this action Kramer and Haine received the DFC 9 July 1940. Killed in action 1941-05-21 with 29 Sqd, aged 29 years. His plane was seen to crash into the River Severn near Chepstow and his tunic was washed up almost immediately. The Times reported his death on the 1941-12-31. Runnymede Panel 29 Age 29
1516 KrasnodębskiZdzisławSqd LdrP-1505PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

Wound Badge
HurricaneWIADied1980-08-03Flew with Polish Air Force in the September of 1939 and saw the Germans bombing Warsaw. Flew to Bucharest where the Romanians impounded his aeroplane, then went to Italy via Belgrade. Ended up in France. Came to England to continue his fight against the Germans. With 303 Sqd (Polish) flying a Hurricane on the 6 September 1940 at 09:15hrs he was wounded after combat with a Bf 109 near Bexley. Baled out of Hurricane I (P3974) badly burned. Died Toronto, Canada.
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1517 KrátkorukyBedrichSgt (later F/O)787703 110669RAFVRCzech1 Sqd

313 Sqd Czech


1518 KredbaMiroslavFlt Lt81895RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

HurricaneKIFA1942-02-14Training. Illogan St Illogan Churchyard

1519 KrepskiWalentyPlt Off76755PAFPolish54 Sqd

Medal Lotniczy

SpitfireMIA1940-09-07After training at 7 OTU, he takes part in the Battle of Britain in 54 Sqd. Killed 7 September 1940 at 14:30hrs. Failed to return from a patrol over the sea near Flamborough Head in Spitfire I (R6901). Based at RAF Catterick. Before reaching the patrolling area, he separated from the formation and engaged in the fight against a German fighter. He did not acknowledge the order by the commander to stop the fight, and a few minutes later he was shot down into the sea near Flamborough. Polish War Memorial Northolt England
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1520 KrumlTomášP/O (Later Sqd Ldr)83229RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

66 Sqd

131 Sqd

122 Sqd

Hurricane1Died1994-01-28Died Brno
1521 KučeraJaroslavSgt787665RAFVRCzech245 Sqd

605 Sqd

312 Sqd Czech

HurricaneKIA1941-12-19Ayr Cemetery

1522 KučeraJiri VSgt (later Flt Lt)787568 103533RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech


501 Sqd

313 Sqd Czech

Hurricane5Died1980-01-24Died Plzeñ
1523 KučeraOtmarSgt (later Sqd Ldr)787658 112548RAFVRCzech111 Sqd

312 Sqd Czech

313 Sqd Czech

Hurricane7Survived war1995-06-06Died Brno
1524 KumiegaTadeusz LeonPlt OffBritish17 Sqd
1525 KustrzyńskiZbigniewFg Off76718PAFPolish607 Sqd

303 Sqd Polish

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Wound Badge
HurricanePoW1996-09-09Escaped 1 February 1945. Died in Montreal Quebec Canada - ashes buried in a family grave in Poland 01.07
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1526 KuttelwascherKarelSgtRAFVRCzech1 Sqd

DFC & Bar
Hurricane18Survived war17 August 1959Karel Kuttlewascher was born in Svätý Kríž in Czechoslovakia 1916. Joined the Czech Air Force in 1934, qualifying as a pilot in early 1937. When the Nazis occupied his homeland, he escaped to Poland and then to the Baltic coast, where he took a ship to France. Being a foreigner, the only French unit he could join was the French Foreign Legion, so he journeyed to Algeria to become a Legionnaire. When France declared war on Germany with Great Britain, he was released and accepted into the Armée de l’Air. During the Battle of France, he claimed to have shot down 6 enemy aircraft. He escaped to Casablanca and from there to England where he joined the RAF and converted to Hurricanes. He joined 1 Sqd at RAF Wittering in October, but he did not claim an enemy aircraft until February 1941. He converted to night intruder Mosquitos with 23 Sqd at RAF Ford in 11 Group. He claimed 18 aircraft shot down by war’s end and was awarded the DFC twice. After the war he spent a year with the new Czech Air Force before joining British European Airways as an airline pilot. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1959 at the age of 43.
Painting by Eric Kennington
1527 LaceyEdward RichardSgt134518British219 Sqd

90 Sqd



BlenheimSurvived war10 March 1980Born 18 August 1920. Joined 600 Sqd Auxiliary Air Force before the war as an Aircrafthand and later changed to an Airman u/t Air Gunner. Called up 24 August 1939. Posted to 219 Sqd at Catterick on 20th July 1940. On 30 July 1940 he was a passenger in Blenheim L1109 at Catterick when the aircraft damaged its undercarriage on take off. Returned to belly land without injury to the pilot, Sgt. T Birkett, or Lacey. Commissioned from Flight Sergeant in October 1942, Lacey transferred to Bomber Command and was awarded the DSO 20 April 1943 as a Pilot Officer with 90 Sqd on Short Stirlings from Ridgewell, Essex. Remained in the RAF postwar. OBE 13 June 1970. Retired 18 August 1975 as a Wing Commander.
1528 LaceyJames Harry 'Ginger'Sgt60321RAFBritish501 Sqd
Croix de Guerre (France)

DFM & Bar


Hurricane28Survived war1989-05-30Qualified flying instructor. Born at Whetherby February 1 1917 . Flew Hurricanes with 501 Sqd. During the Battle for France shot down 5 enemy between May 10 and June 19, 1940. DFM and Croix de Guerre. MiD. Shot down 18 between July 10 and October 31 1940. Bar to DFM. Highest scoring RAF pilot during the Battle. Landed his Hurricane on 30 August 1940 with a shattered radiator and 87 bullet holes in the wing and fuselage. 13 September 1940 baled out of HurricaneI (P2793) after being hit by return fire from a He 111 over Maidstone. On this day Buckingham Palace bombed, but the He 111 did not get away, it was shot down by Lacey. 4 victories in 1941 and his last in 1945. Assessed Exceptional as a pilot. A brilliant marksman. A natural leader, he inspired those under his command by example, quiet authority and professional ability.

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1529 LackieWilliam LeckieSgt507102British141 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
1530 LafontHenrie GastonAdjFree French615 Sqd
HurricaneSurviving aircrew
1531 LaingAlanSgtBritish151 Sqd

1532 LaingAlexander James AlanFg Off39993British64 Sqd

SpitfireResigned RAF Commission in 1948
1533 LakeDonald MillarFg Off42234RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-09-04Tangmere St Andrew Age 20
1534 LambAlbertSgt1003621British25 Sqd

1535 LambOwen EdwardPlt Off (later F/O)42411RAFNew Zealander151 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-04-14Knightsbridge War Cemetery Acroma Libya Age 23
1536 LambPeter GilbertFg Off90349British610 Sqd


Spitfire4Member of 610 Sqd since 1938. Shot down Bf 109 24 August 1940 and another one 26 August. Shot down Bf 110 29 August and a He 111 30 August. AFC 26 October 1943.
1537 LambRobert LionelPlt Off82718British600 Sqd

BlenheimBlenheims during the Battle. Later in the war with 35 Sqd (Pathfinder). He was shot down in February 1944 and imprisoned in Colditz.
1538 LambertHugh Michael Standford 'Mike'Flt Lt39419RAFBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-09-15Beaufighter R2067 crashed near Biggin Hill. Reading Crematorium Age 22
1539 LambieWilliam Gavib MeinPlt Off42235RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-11-15Nutfield Cemetery
1540 LammerAlfredPlt Off81940RAFBritish141 Sqd

DFC & Bar


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2000-10-04Born Alfred Ritter von Lammer in Linz, Austria in 1909. Studied in Munch and Innsbruck. Joined Austrian anti-Nazi volunteer group. In 1934 to Austrain Travel Bureau in London. After Anschuss declined German citizenship. Volunteered for the RAF at outbreak of war. Emergency commission in March 1940 for training as an Air Gunner. British citizen on 22 May 1941. Joined 254 Squadron and was immediately attached to 206 Sqd on Hudsons convoy escort. On 9 July posted to 5 OTU, Aston Down, converted to Defiants before joining 141 Squadron at Prestwick. Retrained as a Radio Observer on Beaufighters, posted to 409 Sqd at Coleby Grange on 1 November 1941. 255 Sqd at Coltishall in February 1942, as Navigation Leader. Flew to Gibraltar on 14 November and landed at Maison Blanche, Algiers the next day. Shortly afterwards Lammer went with a detachment to Souk-el-Arba. Assisted in the destruction of a He 111 and two Cant 1007s on the 6th, flying with Squadron Leader J H Player. On December 15 and 17, two Ju 88s were destroyed, with Wing Commander D P D G Kelly. DFC on 16 February 1943. On 25 June, flying again with Player, Lammer assisted in destroying a Cant 1007. Returned to the UK, posted as Squadron Leader i/c Radar and Navigation at 62 OTU, Ouston in September 1943. A bar to his DFC 29 October. 54 OTU as Senior Navigation Radar Instructor in June 1945. He received a Mention in Despatches and was released from the RAF on 7 November 1945 as a Squadron Leader.
1541 LandelsLeslie NinlanPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)84695RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

615 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-01-20Singapore Memorial
1542 LaneBrian John Edward 'Sandy'Flt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)37859RAFBritish66 Sqd

213 Sqd

19 Sqd (CO)

167 Sqd

Spitfire6MIA1942-12-13 Age 25Author of Spitfire!, published in 1942 under the pseudonym B.J. Ellan. one of a few autobiographical accounts of the life of a Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot. Leader of 19 Sqd from 5 September 1940. He helped two Hurricanes shoot down a Bf 110 on the 7th of September 1940 which crashed East of Hornchurch.

Born Pannal, Harrogate England 18 June 1917. Grew up in Pinner and attended St Paul’s School in Hammersmith before entering the RAF in 1936. Joined RAF in 1936. Training at 3 E&RFTS Hamble in March 1936, posted to No. 11 Flying Training School at RAF Wittering on 1 June. Commissioned 18 May 1936 on a short service commission. Joined 66 Sqd at RAF Duxford on 8 January 1937 at the rank of Pilot Officer. In June 1937 Lane moved to 213 Sqd at RAF Northolt. Promoted to Flying Officer on 23 December 1938. Joined 19 Sqd at RAF Duxford as an Officer Commanding "A" Flight, flying Spitfires. During the Dunkirk evacuation in May 1940 awarded DFC for his bravery, and his official rating as a fighter pilot classed "exceptional". He became acting squadron commander on 25 May 1940 when the incumbent commanding officer was shot down over Dunkirk. By September 1940, during the peak of the Battle of Britain, his abilities as a fighter pilot and leader were duly recognised, and he was promoted to squadron leader. 19 Sqd often operated with 242 Sqd and led by 242's Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, the squadrons often working together as part of the Duxford Wing, 12 Group's controversial "Big Wing" formation. After the Battle of Britain, continued with 19 Squadron until June 1941 when he was posted to the No. 12 Group RAF staff at RAF Hucknall. November 1941 Lane was posted on a staff appointment to the Middle East. In June 1942 returned to England to command No. 61 OTU at Mountford Bridge, until December 1942 when he joined 167 Squadron RAF at RAF Ludham as a supernumerary squadron leader flying the Spitfire Mk. V. First operational flight with the Squadron on 13 December 1942, during which he was last seen giving chase to two Focke-Wulf 190 fighters. He never returned from this mission and was listed as "missing in action". Most likely shot down over the North Sea. It is probable he was a victim of Oblt. Leonhardt of 6./JG 1 and crashed into the sea 30 km west of Schouwen 51.618°N 3.455°E at 16:34 hrs. 6 (and 1 shared) enemy aircraft shot down, 2 unconfirmed destroyed, 1 probable destroyed and 1 damaged. Runnymede

Pencil drawing by Steve Teasdale has been signed by 3 Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots from 19 Squadron. The signatures are : Gordon Sinclair, James Coward and David Cox. This image has become synonymous with the tired state of our brave pilots as they battled in the skies over England in 1940.

1543 LaneRoyPlt Off41028RAFBritish43 Sqd

Hurricane1WIAKIA1944-06-20Joined 43 Sqd 13 July 1940. Shot down a Ju 87 18 August. Lane was shot down by defensive fire on the 26 August. Wounded and badly burned. In 1944, as a liaison officer with the Chindits, he was forced down in the jungle by engine trouble. Captured and murdered by Japanese scum 20 June 1944. Taukkyan War Cemetery Age 24.
1544 LangdonCharles EdwardPlt Off43705RAFBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1941-02-26Malta Memorial Age 22
1545 Langham-HobartNeville CharlesPlt Off77792British73 Sqd

HurricaneWIA1994Badly burned 23 September 1940 when Hurricane I (P2036) in combat over the Thames at 11:05hrs with a Bf 109. Became a member of the Guinea Pig Club.
1546 LangleyGerald ArchibaldPlt Off81641RAFVRBritish41 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-15Baled out of Spitfire I (X4325) safely after combat with a Ju 88 on the 11 September 1940 over Sevenoaks at 16:35hrs. On patrol 15 September 1940 in Spitfire I (P9324), shot down and killed by a Bf 109 near Thurrock at 12:30hrs. Abington Saints Peter and Paul Churchyard England Age 24

1547 LangleyLeonardSgt101648British23 Sqd

1548 LanningFrancis Charles AnthonyPlt Off79580British141 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
1549 LansdellJohnSgt740990RAFVRBritish607 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-17On patrol 17 September 1940. Shot down and killed in Hurricane I by a Bf 109 of JG 27, at 15:40hrs. (Name frequently incorrectly spelt as Landsell) Hempnall St Margaret Churchyard Age 23
1550 LapkaStanislawPlt Off76702PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Srebrny Krzyz Zaslugi z Mieczami

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane1Survived war1978-08-19 IpswichArchwum Polish Database

Ur. in m. Borzymy woj. Warsaw. - trained 1938 assigned to 3PL - 131 Fighter Sqd.. Pilot instructor in Krośno. After the 1939 campaign came through Romania to France. One of first to arrive in UK after fall of France. 6 OTU in June 1940, then to 302 Sqd at Duxford July 1940. January 1, 1944 to 306 Sqd. July 7, 1944 shot down Bf-109.

1551 LarbalestierBasil DouglasPlt Off84706British600 Sqd

1552 LaricheliereJoseph Emile PaulPlt Off42849RAFCanadian213 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-16Shot down and killed in Hurricane I off Portland 16 August 1940 at 13:00hrs. Failed to return in his Hurricane from combat near Portland. Runnymede
1553 LattaJohn Blandford FPlt Off42008RAFCanadian242 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1941-01-12DFC 8 November 1940. Runnymede Aged 27
1554 LauderArnold John 'Ginger'Sgt (later Flt Lt)48822British264 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
Defiants during the Battle. Switched to night fighting after heavy losses from enemy fighters. Survived the War and ended up as a Flight Lieutenant.
1555 LaughlinJohn HamiltonFg Off39995 (450323 DSO Citation)British235 Sqd

149 Sqd



Blenheim1Survived warMarch 1977 in CirencesterBorn 19 June 1915 in Southampton England. Joined RAF June 1937. Aero Certificate 13652 at Bournemouth Flying Club on 13 March 1936. 3 FTS South Cerney on 21 August 1936. RAF Gosport 26 March 1938. Posted to the FAA Pool at Gosport on 10 October 1938. On 13 August 1940 he destroyed a He115 over the North Sea. In September 1940 an aircraft carrying a full load of bombs crashed among parked aircraft and burst into flames. Laughlin, P/O J Coggins and another officer immediately ran to these aircraft, started the engines and taxied them away. During this time two of the bombs exploded. Three aircraft were taken to safety without damage and a fourth with only minor damage. Laughlin and Coggins were awarded a MBE 21st January 1941. Transferred to Bomber Command. DSO 23 March 1945 in 149 Sqd Lancasters.
Portrair by Sir William Rothenstein
1556 LaurenceGeorgeSgt47392RAFBritish141 Sqd



Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1944-01-07Massicault War Cemetery New Zealand
1557 Laurence (??)POBritish234 Sqd

1558 LawK SPlt Off113266British605 Sqd

HurricaneRefer to Kennith Schadtler-Law
1559 LawfordDerek NapierSgt182840British247 Sqd

1560 LawlerEdgar StanleySgtBritish604 Sqd

1561 LawrenceJohn ThornettSgt104428RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

202 Sqd



Chevalier Ordre de Leopold

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Air Efficiency

BlenheimSurvived war18 December 2019 Age 99Born 16 April 1920. Educated Crypt School Gloucester England. Joined RAFVR October 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Saw action in the Battle of Britain and went on to amass 6,000 flying hours. Joined 235 Sqd 5 October 1940. On the morning of November 23, 1941 John Lawrence prepared three Blenheim light bomber aircraft as a matter of urgency and head out on a sweep over the North Sea west of Denmark. Crossing the coast near Lowestoft, the three were following one another in line, or line astern, when Lawrence spotted a 'bomb fin' from one of the aircraft ahead coming straight for his windscreen. He pushed the stick forward and the fin whipped over his head. Seconds later his rear gunner complained that something had hit his turret. He was wounded following an attack on two flak ships off the Danish coast. Commissioned in August 1941, he served as a staff pilot with 3 School of General Reconnaissance until 1942. Posted to 202 Sqd in Gibraltar flying Sunderlands and Catalinas. On 10 January 1943 in transit to escort a tanker convoy in the Atlantic, about 100 miles south of Madeira. Most of the crew, including Lawrence, were smoking when they detected a strong smell of petrol, while the engineer reported fuel cascading down his station. The crew, who were not carrying parachutes, hastily threw their cigarettes out of the windows and shut the throttles to reduce height as quickly as possible. At 500ft Lawrence reopened the throttles, but he found the aircraft difficult to control. He decided to land in the bay of Porto Santo, an island north of Madeira, where the engineer repaired a broken fuel line while Lawrence kept one engine running. Having completed the job the engineer appeared to lose concentration and suffered a broken arm from contact with the propeller. He was recovered by one of the crew and Lawrence started the other engine and took off just as a Portuguese gunboat appeared around the headland. Posted as an instructor in 1943 to 111 OTU, operating Liberators in Nassau, Bahamas Islands. On one occasion he was returning to Gibraltar from a patrol off the coast of Sardinia when they came across a Spanish Air Force Cant Z506 seaplane in flames and sinking. Lawrence landed and picked up the six crew, the commander was difficult to bring aboard as he had jettisoned his wooden leg. AFC 14 June 1945 and the Chevalier of the Order of Leopold (Belgium) 1945 and the Croix de Guerre (Belgium) 1945. He remained with 86 Squadron until his last day of war service on 2nd July 1946 and was released with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Air Efficiency medal in 1946. Rejoined the RAF in April 1947 on a permanent commission. From 1958 to 1961 Lawrence commanded the Radar Research Flying Unit. After a spell as Group Captain Ops at Air Forces Middle East, Aden, Lawrence became AOC, 3 Group, Bomber Command in 1967, the year in which he was made CBE. He attended the Imperial Defence College and went on to be Director of Admin Plans, Director General Personnel Management and Air Officer for Scotland and Northern Ireland. He retired as an Air Vice-Marshal on 16 April 1975 and was made a CB in the same year. Lawrence then worked for Rolls-Royce.
Lawrence and bride Hilary 1951

1562 LawrenceKeith AshleyPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)New Zealander [17]242 Sqd

603 Sqd

234 Sqd

421 Recon/Flt
SpitfireBorn at Waitara New Zealand November 25 1919. Worked in a bank after leaving Southland Boys' High School at Invercargill in December 1936. Joined the Civil Reserve of Pilots in February 1938. Accepted for further pilot training in Britain and sailed from New Zealand in February 1939. Joined the newly-formed 234 Sqd. Ooperational with Spitfires in early May 1940. 8 July 1940 shared in the destruction of a Ju 88 attacking a convoy in the Western Approaches, the unit's first victory. September posted to 603 Sqd and moved to 421 Flight, which subsequently became 91 Sqd in early 1941. During the Battle of Britain he destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged four others. DFC in September 1942. Released from RAF in March 1946 and returned to New Zealand. He settled in Christchurch but later returned to Britain.
1563 LawrenceNorman AnthonySgt88855British54 Sqd

Spitfire3DiedDestroyed Bf 109 on 9 July. On 15 August he destroyed three Ju 87's then his Spitfire I (N3097) was shot down by a Bf 109 in the same fight and crashed in the sea off Dover at 11:45hrs. Rescued by the Navy. Left the RAF during the war, in mid-1943.
1564 LawsAdrian FrancisPlt Off45092RAFBritish64 Sqd


SpitfireKIA1940-09-30Killed 30 September 1940 at 10:30hrs when Spitfire I (P9564) collided with another Spitfire I during a patrol. Wells next the Sea Cemetery England

1565 LawsGeorge Godfrey StoneSgt745649RAFVRBritish501 Sqd

151 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-03-28Pilot. LLanrydd St Meugan Churchyard Age21
1566 LawsonRichard ChesterPlt Off43006RAFBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-02-10Runnymede Age 21
1567 LawsonWalter John 'Farmer'Plt Off (later Sqd Ldr)43419RAFBritish19 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-08-28 Age 28Lawson claimed 6 and 1 shared destroyed, 3 probables and 1 damaged during his 16 months with the squadron. Runnymede
RAF Fowlmere in September 1940

1568 Lawson-BrownJohnPlt Off82692RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

SpitfireDied during medical procedure1941-05-12 Age 28Born Roundhay, Leeds 15th May 1912. RAFVR December 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939. 10 FTS, joined 64 Sqd at Leconfield on 14th September 1940. Died on 12th May 1941 in Southend Hospital during operation for appendicitis. Cremated at Lawns Wood Crematorium, Leeds. England

1569 LawtonPhilip Charles FennerFg Off90217British604 Sqd

1570 LaycockHerbert KeithPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)40925RAFBritish79 Sqd

87 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1943-08-26Phaleron War Cemetery Age 24
1571 Le CheminantJerrold 'Chem'Sgt126148British616 Sqd


Spitfire3November 1996 in Chippenham, Wiltshire.Born in 1918 in Hampshire. Joined RAFV beginning of 1939. Joined 616 Squadron on Spitfires in mid-October 1940. He later became an instructor, was commissioned and, in August 1942, went to north Africa with 72 Squadron. On 2 December 1942 he was shot down by a FW 190, crash landed and was found by French troops. Returned to the squadron. On the 4th he shot down a Bf 109, on 6 January 1943 and 1 March he damaged Bf 109s, on 2 March he chased one to ground level, causing it to crash into a hill, and on 24 April he destroyed another. Posted to 232 Squadron followed. DFC in May 1943. Returned to the UK attached to the US 8th Air Force in East Anglia, to teach German fighter tactics. Stayed in the RAF after the war and had a posting to Mitchell Field, Long Island, USA, in 1947, on exchange duties. From 1968 to 1970 he was Officer Commanding, RAF Saxa Vord on the island of Uist, Shetland, a radar base, playing a significant part in the Cold War.
1572 Le DongTerrySgt613302RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-02-08Wireless Operator. Tangmere S t Andrew Churchyard Age 20
1573 Le RougetelStanley PFg Off (later Flt Lt)British600 Sqd

Blenheim L87699 August 1940 at night Blenheim suffered engine failure. and he came under fire from British AA fire. He and his radar operator/gunner Sgt E.C.Smith baled out Blenheim 1f BQ-O (L8679) over the Channel. Both safe but Smith had to swim ashore at Westgate.
1574 le Roy du VivierDaniel Albert Raymond Georges 'Boy'P/O79370Belgian229 Sqd

43 Sqd

DFC & Bar

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Ordre Leopold
Hurricane3WIA1981-08-02 traffic accident USA1940-07-07 arrives in UK. 12 days at 7 OTU. 1940-8-04 joins 43 Sqd. August 16 he downs his first aircraft , a Junkers 87. September 2 during a melee above Sidcup pursues a German fighter under 3000 feet but is shot down in flames. Bail out with his parachute and arrives in a young girls school. He was wounded with leg injuries when he crash landed his Hurricane I (P3903) near Old Romney after combat with a Bf 109, at 13:20hrs on the 2nd of September 1940. September 2 to October 22 in treatment at the Casualty Clearing Station of Tenderen. Rejoins 43 Sqd in which he will remain during 27 months , first as a Pilot Officer and later as a Flight Commander and after 18 months as a Squadron Leader making him the first foreigner to take command of a RAF squadron. May 1941 he gets his second victory ( a Junkers 88) and downs 3 others in collaboration with his comrades. 1942-01-03 DFC with following citation : 'Has proven to have excellent qualities as a commanding flight-officer, succeeding in to maintain a high level of offensive value to his pilots during daytime and nightly operations he has undertaken. Has destroyed 4 enemy aircraft to this day.' Croix de Guerre with bronze palms plus additional palm with 3 lions. Distinction of which the valour was especially understated by the Belgian Minister Of National Defense. Dieppe Operation August 1942. He undertakes 4 attacks on heavily defended enemy positions coming back time after time with a damaged aircraft. Bar to DFC. Rested. 1943-04-13 attached to he Middle East Command Headquarters. Takes command of 239 Fighter Bomber Wing Tunis-Sicily composed of the 1 Sqd SAAF , the 3 Sqd RAAF and 450 Sqd RAAF, 112 Sqd RAF and 260 Sqd RAF. Then Superior Officer responsible for the operations at the 324 Fighter Wing composed of the 43 Sqd 72 Sqd 93 Sqd 111 Sqd and 601 Sqd.

Belgium Aircrew Losses

Besides his ww2 related decorations, Daniel Le Roy Du Vivier also received the Officier de la Légion d'Honneur Française (September 20th, 1950), the Croix de guerre avec palme, Française (September 20th, 1950), the Croix d'Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne (April 8th, 1951), the Croix de Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Couronne (April 8th, 1955) and the Croix de Commandeur de l'Ordre de Léopold (November 15th, 1955) of which is not certain if there is a relation to World War Two

1575 LearyDavid CooperPlt Off42756RAFBritish17 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-12-28Ipswich New Cemetery Age 19
1576 LeathamErnest George CuthbertPlt Off78087British248 Sqd

1577 LeathartJames Anthony 'The Prof'Sqd Ldr39625British54 Sqd


Spitfire11DiedLong-serving member of 54 Sqf. May 21 shot down a He 111. Next day he flew a trainer to a French aerodrome to pick up CO of 74 Sqd, escorted by F/O A.C.Deere and P/O J.L.Allen. Despite interference by German fighters, the mission was successful and Leathart was awarded the DSO on 11 June 1940 for this action. By the end of May he had shot down six more enemy aircraft and had taken over acting command of the Squadron. He scored four more victories during the Battle. Retired from RAF in 1962 at the rank of Air Commodore
1578 LeatherWilliam JohnsonFlt Lt90355British611 Sqd

1579 LeckronePhilip Howard 'Uncle Sam' 'Zeke'Plt Off84653RAFVRAmerican616 Sqd

SpitfireKIFA1941-01-05 Age 28Phillip Anthony Leckrone, from Salem, Illinois. One of USA volunteers. Learned to fly while still at High School, and owned an aircraft, but had no military flying experience before he came to Britain and joined the RAFVR. Joined 616 Sqd on 2 September. Posted to 71 Sqd at Church Fenton on 12 October 1940, to join other American volunteers in the first Eagle Squadron. On 28 October overturned a Brewster Buffalo when landing at Church Fenton. Admitted to hospital with slight concussion. On 5 January 1941, killed during a formation practice, when he collided with Pilot Officer E E Orbison. He was 71’s first fatality. Buried in Kirton-in-Lindsey Burial Ground. Salem-Leckrone Airport, which serves his home city, is named in his honour.

Three Spitfire pilots discuss an aerial combat at Fowlmere, September 1940. Left to right: Flying Officer Francis 'Fanny' Brinsden; Flying Officer Leonard 'Ace' Haines; Pilot Officer Philip 'Zeke' Leckrone

1580 LeckyJohn GagePlt Off33570RAFBritish610 Sqd

41 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-10-11Died after bailing out Spitfire I (P9447) 11 October 1940 during combat with Bf 109s near Maidstone, Kent at 16:30hrs. Tilford All Saints Churchyard England Age 19

1581 LedgerLeslieSgt56339British236 Sqd

1582 LeeKenneth Norman Thomas 'Hawkeye'Fg Off72998RAFVRBritish501 Sqd
HurricaneWIADied2008-01-15Born in Birmingham 23 June 1915. Joined RAFVR on 25 January 1937. In January 1939 was released by his employer to spend six months with the regular RAF. Joined 111 Sqd at Northolt. Commissioned March 1939 and went to 43 Sqd at Tangmere. 4th September 1939 joined 501 Sqd at Filton. Flew to France 10 May 1940 and immediately destroyed Bf110. Do17 on 12th and on the 13th a Bf110. Squadron withdrawn from France on 18 June, re-assembled at Croydon on 21 June. Because of his keen eyesight he was usually the first to spot the enemy earning him the name 'Hawkeye'. Destroyed a He111 destroyed on 27 May and a Do17 on 6 June. 10 June attacking He111s, his Hurricane was probably hit by return fire and exploded. He baled out and landed at Le Mans. In the scramble to be evacuated, Lee's right hand was injured and he did not fly for several weeks. Damaged a Ju87 on 29 July, destroyed another on 12 August. Wounded 18 August 1940 and baled out of Hurricane I (P3059) at 13:30hrs. He was one of four Hurricanes from the Squadron shot down over Canterbury by Gerhard Schöpfel of III Gruppe of JG 26 flying a Bf 109. Baled out, with a bullet wound in the leg, and landed in a cornfield near Whitstable and was taken to the local golf club to wait for an ambulance. Heavily bloodstained, he stood at the bar, where he overheard a man complaining 'The machine-gunning made me miss my putt. And who's that chap at the bar? Bad show, all that blood - I don't believe he's even a member'. Rejoined the squadron in October. DFC 22 October 1940. On 29 November posted to the Special Duties Flight at Stormy Down and later went to 52 OTU Crosby-on-Eden as a Flight Commander. In late 1941 posted to Africa to ferry fighters from the Gold Coast (now Ghana) to Egypt. Then joined 260 Sqd as a flight commander flying Kittyhawks. Moved to 260 Sqd on 18 September 1942. Destroyed a Macchi 202 on 10 November. Commanded 123 Sqd at Abadan, Persia in March 1943. Then went to the Western Desert in May. On 27 July 1943 he was shot down and captured on a dawn raid on Crete. Taken to Germany to Stalag Luft III. Helped in prfeparations for The Great Escape. 28 January 1945 the prison camp was evacuated. In deep snow and freezing temperatures, the 'Long March' westwards was a great ordeal; many men died of exhaustion before reaching overcrowded camps in the west. He eventually arrived back in England in early May.
Biography of Obituary

1583 LeeMaurice Alexander WilliamSgt742796RAFVRBritish72 Sqd

421 Recon/Flt
SpitfireWIAKIA1940-12-31Born at Maymyo, Upper Burma 22nd December 1919. Maurice enrolled at Prior Park Catholic School in Bath. Passed the Oxford School Certificate with exemption from London Matriculation. Went as an Apprentice Aircraft Engineer to Messrs. Vickers at Weybridge and in January 1939 he joined the RAFVR as a Sergeant. After training joined 72 Sqd at Croydon on 15th September 1940. Claimed a He111 destroyed on the 27th. Posted to 421 Flight on 3rd October, then forming at Hawkinge. On the 15th got a Me109 south of Maidstone but then his Spitfire P7444 was damaged by Me109s and he was wounded. He crashed attempting a forced-landing at Blackham Farm, Broadoak and was admitted to hospital. On 12th December Lee's aircraft was again damaged in combat and he made a forced-landing. Later the same day the weather deteriorated and, being unable to return to Hawkinge, he wrecked his Spitfire trying to make an emergency landing at Lingfield. Despite these incidents Lee was highly regarded as a bad-weather pilot and was sent out in thick morning mist on the 22nd looking for some Wellingtons that were lost. He found two and escorted them in over the Sussex coast. One crashed, killing the crew, and the other made a forced-landing. Lee's own fuel was by then exhausted and he had to glide down through dense cloud to make a belly-landing near Pevensey. On 31st December 1940 Lee was killed when he crashed near Biggin Hill attempting to land in extremely bad weather. Spitfire P7497 burned out.

15 October 1940 attacked by a Bf 109 at 11:00hrs. Force landed Spitfire II (P7444), wounded. Spitfire later repaired. St Mary Cray Cemetery England Age 21

1584 LeeRichard Hugh Antony 'Dickie'Flt Lt33208RAFBritish85 Sqd


Hurricane9KIA1940-08-18Opened the score for 85 Sqd in World War II. He was Lord Trenchard's Godson. Born in London in 1917. Educated at Charterhouse School. Cranwell in September 1935 as a Flight Cadet and graduated in July 1937. On 1 June 1938 joined 85 Sqd at Debden. Went to France at the outbreak of war. He destroyed a He111 over Boulogne on 21 November 1939, 85s first victory. DFC 8 March 1940. On 10 May 1940 he claimed a Hs126 destroyed, shared a Ju86 and damaged a Ju88. On 11 May shot down two enemy then shot down by flak and captured. Escaped and made his way back to his squadron. Flying with 56 Sqd over Dunkirk on the 27 May shot down into the sea. Rescued. DSO 31 May 1940). Back with 85 Sqd in August 1940, last seen in pursuit of an enemy formation thirty miles off the east coast on the 18 August. Killed while on patrol on 18 August 1940. Lost in Hurricane I (2923) after chasing three Bf 109s off the east coast, at 17:50hrs. Runnymede Panel 6

Dickie Lee and Albert Lewis, good friends on 85 Sqn until Lee went missing during the Battle of Britain. Albert Lewis went on to become a high scoring ace during the war. The drawing by Steve Teasdale has been signed in pencil by the artist and 23 veterans of the Battle of Britain. The signatures are: Roy McGowan, Bob Doe, Wilf Sizer, Len Davies, Bob Foster, Vivian Snell, Terry Clark, Ken Lusty, Ken Wilkinson, Tom Neil, Jack Toombs, Albert Gregory, John Ellacombe, Robert Haylock, Ken Lee, Nigel Rose, Basil Stapleton, Jocelyn Millard, Arthur Piper, CE Smith, Keith Aldridge, Ben Bent and Bill Green. (Courtesy

1585 LeesAlan Farquhar YoungPlt Off81681British236 Sqd


1586 LeesRonald BeresfordSqd Ldr (later Air Marshal)RAFAustralian72 Sqd

Order of the Bath (CB)


DFC & Bar

MiD (x3)

Legion of Merit (USA)

Spitfire1WIADied1991-05-18Squadron Leader of 72 Sqd from late December 1938 until 22 July 1940. From early June 1940 72 Sqd flew patrols to cover the evacuation of Dunkirk. Lees was responsible for chasing a German Ju87 Stuka through an anti-aircraft barrage and shooting it down. DFC for the leadership he displayed during this period and his 'efficiency in numerous combats with the enemy and his efforts have contributed materially to the successes obtained by his squadron'. Despite posting as acting Wing Commodore HQ 13 Group in late July 1940, Lees maintained an active flying role and was shot down on 2 September, during the closing stages of the Battle of Britain, suffering wounds in his arm and a leg. Wounded 2 September 1940 at 16:15hrs. Spitfire I (K9840) damaged in combat over Lympne, crashed on landing. Mentioned in dispatches on 24 September 1941, Lees won a bar to his DFC in December 1941 for his great energy in leading 'sweeps over France ... at long distances out to sea and has set a magnificent example ... He has only one desire - to get to close grips with the enemy'. Posted to the Middle East, commanding 234 Wing in operations supporting Operation Torch in Tunisia. In June 1943, he was made a Commander of Order of the British Empire for his services; two months later he was appointed aide-de-camp (ADC) to King George VI; in October 1944 he was selected as acting Air Commodore with the Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force. Ever energetic, Lees was mentioned in dispatches a further three times before the war ended. He continued his high-ranking career in the RAF, and was created Knight Commander of Bath in 1961, before his retirement from the RAF on 3 February 1966 with the rank of Air Marshal, when he moved back to Australia.Later Commanding Officer at RAF Coltishall, 9 January 1941 - 11 September 1942. Retired from RAF with the rank of Air Marshal

1587 LeFevrePeter WilliamPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)40719RAFBritish46 Sqd

HurricaneWIAMIA1944-02-06On patrol 1940-09-18. Injured when he baled out of Hurricane I (V6554) after combat over Chatham at 12:35hrs. Runnymede Age 25
1588 LeggRJPOBritish601 Sqd

1589 LeggeBrian PauncefootePlt Off41936British601 Sqd

1590 LeggettGPOBritish46 Sqd

1591 LeighArthur Charles 'Joe'Sgt111975RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

72 Sqd



Spitfire3.5Survived war2004-07-03Born in London in 1920. Joined the RAFVR in June 1939 to train as a pilot. He was called up at the outbreak of war. Posted to 7 OTU Hawarden on 31 August 1940. Converting to Spitfires he joined 64 Sqd at Leconfield. First operational sortie on 29 September 1940. Moved to 72 Sqd at Biggin Hill on 11 October. Then to 611 Sqd at Digby on 8 November 1940. He shared a Do 17 on 21 December. Shared in probably destroying a Bf 109 on 28 May 1941, destroyed a Bf 109. Probably another on 18 June. Probable Bf 109 on the 22nd, probably destroyed another and damaged a second on 4 July 1941, probably destroyed another on the 23rd and destroyed two more on 19 August and 4 September 1941. DFM on 9 September after part 50 sweeps over the continent. Commissioned and became an instructor. Posted to Gibraltar in April 1943, from where he ferried Hurricanes to Cairo. In early August he returned to the UK and joined 56 Sqd at Manston. He was shot down on his first sweep, by flak, near Calais. Leigh baled out into the Channel and was picked up by an ASR launch. In late 1943 he was posted to 129 Sqd at Hornchurch. DFC. After second tour, had another spell as an instructor. Released from the RAF. He later started a successful architectural hardware business in Norwich. He died on 3 July 2004.

1592 LeighRupert Henry Archibald 'Lucky'Sqd Ldr26237British66 Sqd (CO)

MiD (x5)

Spitfire21991-02-01Born 1912, educated at Cheltenham College. Cranwell January 1930, as a Flight Cadet. Passed out 18 December 1931. Posted to 57 Sqd at Netheravon on Hawker Hart two-seater light bombers. 1932 Leigh went to RAF Gosport under instruction, and then joined 810 (Fleet Torpedo-Bomber) Squadron, based at Gosport and at sea on HMS Courageous. Became an instructor at Central Flying School. As a Flight Commander he passed Douglas Bader fit for flying duties. Joined 66 Sqd April 1040. Command of squadron on the 9 April. On Spitfires shared a He 111 on 12 May 1940, destroyed a He 111 on 9 September, shared another on the 11th and damaged a Bf 109 on 13 October. Posted to HQ No 12 Group on 18 October. Returned to operations in May 1941, in command of No 23 Sqd. Retired from the RAF on 7 December 1954 as a Group Captain.
1593 Lejeune (Le Jeune)Olivier GeorgeSgtRAFVRBelgian235 Sqd

Order of Leopold

Croix de Guerre with Palme (Belgium)

BlenheimSurvived warDied 10 April 1947Born Uccle, Brussels, Belgium 8 June 1917. Volunteered for Belgian Air Force. 1 June 1939 joined the 81st intake at Wevelgem. Elementary flying badge on 1st September 1939. Promoted to Corporal in February 1940. Fully qualified pilot on 25 April 1940. To 3/I/3, the night reconnaisance squadron of the 3rd Aviation Regiment, operating the Fairey Fox from Evere, Brussels. During the German attack on 10th May was hit by German strafing. After hospital he caught up with his squadron on 31st May. Decided to make their way to England to avoid capture under the coming armistice. From St. Jean de Luz near the Spanish border he boarded the SS Ettrick, which landed them at Plymouth on 27th May. Lejeune was taken to a processing centre at Tenby from where he enlisted in the RAFVR as a Sergeant. He arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 16th July to convert to Blenheims. His first posting was 235 Squadron, operating Blenheims at Bircham Newton, on 4th August 1940. He served with them during the Battle until late October when he was one of the pilots sent to Aldergrove to form 272 Sqd, which operated Blenheims on anti-shipping operations. May 1941 converted to Beaufighters and sent via Gibraltar to Egypt. Provided fighter cover for the evacuation of Crete. Convoy escort and intruder missions plus anti-shipping operations. On a deployment to Malta on 24th September 1941 Lejeune and two other Belgian pilots attacked and damaged two Ju52s over the Gulf of Bomba. 272 Sqd took part in the unsuccessful 'Operation Crusader' in November 1941, operating from LG10 and returning to their base at Edku near Alexandria when it ended. He was commissioned on 25th May 1942, was rested and returned to the UK. After various ferrying duties and conversion to Tomahawks for service with 349 Sqd (Belgian), which never became operational, he returned to 272 Sqd in Egypt. Strafing and anti-shipping sorties until July 1943 when he was rested with a posting to 4 Ferry Control Unit. Always agitating to return to his Belgian colleagues in 272, Lejeune returned to them at Catania, Sicily in October 1943. In early 1944 he returned to England and served in a number of Belgian-related appointments, including a stay in the RAF Hospital Halton for an unknown ailment. He led a detachment of Belgian airmen in the victory parade in London in 1945. Joined reformed Belgian Air Force at Coxyde in Belgium in June 1946 as commanding officer. On 10th April 1947 Belgian Air Force C-47 K-14 of 366 Squadron, 169 Wing at Evere, Belgium was scheduled to deliver the ferry crew of an Oxford, one of whom was Lejeune, to Prestwick. It would then return with two crews of other C-47s that had brought their aircraft to the maintenance facility there. It is believed that the C-47 became lost in very poor conditions as it struck the summit known as Carlin's Cairn (2647 ft.) in Galloway Forest Park. Lejeune was killed as were the five others on board: Capt. Loyen (pilot), Adj. Dierickx (navigator), Adj. Curtis (radio op.), Adj. Cardon (Oxford crew) Adj. Rodrique (Oxford crew). Buried in the family grave at Ostend.

Belgium Aircrew Losses

1594 LenahanJohn DesmondPlt Off41302RAFBritish607 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-09Killed 9 September 1940 at 17:35hrs. Hurricane I (P3117) shot down in combat over Mayfield with Do 17s and BF 109s. Cranbrook Cemetery Age 20
1595 LengMaurice EquitySgt67035British73 Sqd

HurricaneWIAPoWInjured 23 September 1940 at 10:55hrs. Hurricane I (P8812) shot down by a Bf 109 over Faversham, Kent. He had been shot down 25 August 1940 at 01:30hrs near Beverly in Hurricane I (P3758) hit by British anti-aircraft fire. He baled out and was unhurt. Later Shot down, captured
1596 LennardPaul LeonardMid (FAA)RNVRBritish501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-03-26West Norwood Crematorium and Cemetery Age 20
1597 LentonEdwin ClaudePlt Off41187British56 Sqd

1598 LerwayFrederick ThomasSgt142495British236 Sqd

1599 LeslieGeorge MennieSgt1002658RAFVRBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-12-17Wireless Operator. Saffron Walden Cemetery Age 29
1600 LevensonStephen AustinSgt (later W/O)745292RAFVRBritish611 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1942-09-17Pilot. Heverlee War Cemetery Belgium

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