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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G M Leslie


George Mennie Leslie, from Aberdeen, was born there on 27th March 1911, the son of Andrew Petrie Leslie and Mary Ann Leslie (nee Milne).

He married Grace Duncan Milne (1914–1964) on 8th December 1937 at St. Machars Cathedral, Aberdeen.

Leslie joined the RAF in June 1940 as an Aircrafthand but later retrained as a Radar Operator.

On completion of his training he was posted on 2nd August 1940 to 219 Squadron, operating Blenheims from Catterick.


Above: Airmen of 219 Squadron.

Standing rear: Sgt. CB Hamilton, AC1 DO Hendry, AC2 JP McCaul

Standing left: Sgt. GM Leslie

Kneeling: Sgt. L Smith, Sgt. T Le Dong


Leslie was killed on 17th December 1940, still with 219, when his Beaufighter IF, R2096, spun in at Smiths Green Farm on the approach to Debden.

His pilot P/O FG Nightingale was also killed.

Leslie is buried in Saffron Walden Cemetery.



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