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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. L V Toogood


Leonard Vivian Toogood was born in Portsmouth in March 1920, the son of Leonard Toogood and Ellen Toogood (nee Cooper). He attended Portsmouth Municipal College.

He joined the RAFVR about July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September, he completed his training and joined 43 Squadron at Usworth on 28th September 1940.


Above image courtesy of the Portsmouth Evening News.


Toogood was killed on 27th October when he dived vertically from 20,000 feet during high altitude aerobatics. His Hurricane, L1963, crashed at Cong Burn Dene, Edmondsley, near Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

The cause is unknown but could have been oxygen failure.

Toogood was 20 and is buried in Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth.





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