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The Airmen's Stories - F/O L A Haines


Leonard Archibald Haines, from Melcombe Regis, was born in December 1919, the son of Archibald Haines (1890-1973) and Bertha Charles Haines (nee Charles 1890-1966).

He was educated at Dorchester Grammar School and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wimborne.

He joined the RAF on a short service commission in September 1937. He was serving with 19 Squadron at Duxford in early 1940.



Over Dunkirk on 1st June he destroyed a Me109 and on a later patrol damaged a He111. On 19th August Haines shared a Me110, on 3rd September he destroyed a Me110, on the 5th a Me109, on the 11th a Me110, on the 15th two Me109s and a Me110 and on the 18th he shared a Ju88 and probably destroyed a Me109.

He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 8th October 1940).



Haines shared a Me109 on 5th November, shared a Me110 on the 15th and destroyed a Me109 on the 28th. He was posted away in late 1940 to be an instructor at 53 OTU, Heston and was killed in a flying accident on 30th April 1941 whilst flying Master T8771 which spun into the ground at Hounslow Barracks, Middlesex.

Cpl. TFG Press, his passenger, was also killed.


Haines is buried in Hounslow Cemetery.







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