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The Airmen's Stories - P/O E G C Leathem


Ernest George Cuthbert Leathem was born on 5th December 1910 and joined the RAFVR about March 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training, was commissioned and joined 248 Squadron from 4 BGS West Freugh on 18th March 1940.



He was posted away in late May but rejoined the squadron from No. 1 (C) OTU Silloth on 25th June 1940. He served with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain.

He married Barbara Jean Patricia Cullen in October 1942.

Leathem was awarded the DFC (gazetted 25th May 1943) as a Flight Lieutenant with 544 Squadron, for photographic-reconnaissance work in Mosquitos.

He was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant but rejoined on 20th May 1946 and serving in the Admin and Special Duties Branch.

Leathem died on 31st October 1991 in Reading.


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