The Airmen's Stories - P/O L M Sharp
Leslie Mark Sharp, of Belfast, joined the RAFVR about August 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.
Called up on 1st September 1939, he gained his wings on 18th July 1940, completed his flying training at 11 FTS and was commissioned on 7th September.
After converting to Hurricanes at 5 OTU Sharp joined 111 Squadron at Drem on 2nd October. He was posted away to Cranage on 18th December to join 96 Squadron, then being formed there.
He was flying with a squadron detachment at Squires Gate on 28th December 1940. After a normal night take-off in Hurricane P3899 Sharp climbed to 300 feet, then turned to port and crashed into the sea one mile off shore. He was drowned.
His body was recovered and he is buried in Carnmoney Jewish Cemetery, County Antrim.
Above cemetery images courtesy of The War Graves Photographic Project