Pilot Officer Leslie Gill

P/O Gill 53946 was born in Melksham, Wilts. December 1920, he was educated at Fitzmaurice Grammar School, Bradford on Avon 1932-36.

Joined the RAF on 26th Jan. 1937 No. 2 Wing Halton. Received his passing out report from 3 Wing No.1 E.&W.School, Cranwell. 16th May 1939

Joined 207 Squadron RAF Cottesmore 18th May 1939, 207 Squadron RAF Cranfield

12 OTU. 20th April 1940 I have a letter written by him from 12 OTU. RAF Benson dated December 17th

He married Barbara my mother on 28th April 1941 at The Register Office, Wallingford

They were living in No 28 Married Quarters, No.1 Squadron, 12 OTU. Benson. I have a letter dated May 9th from this address.

Joined 90 Squadron 30th August 1941 I believe this was at Polebrook, Northants. We know that he was on B-17ís for a while.

Joined 1653 CU. on 12th February 1942

Moved to Stn Snaith on 31st October 1942

Joined 1657 CU. on 9th November 1942

Joined 199 Squadron at RAF Lindholme but moved to Blyton after a few days. There was a letter written from Lindholme, saying that only one of his kitbags had arrived and he was stuck with only his best blue to wear. He was hoping the other two would arrive before moving to Blyton.

I think this may have completed his first tour, as he then joined 27 OTU, and we know that he was instructing Polish airmen for a while.

Joined 1656 CU. on 15th May 1943

Joined 460 Squadron on 14th June 1943. Looking at the 460 Squadron web-site I think he did 11 missions with the same crew.

Joined 156 Squadron on 24th September 1943 with three Australians from the 460 crew, P/O Gynther, F/O Robertson, and P/O Raper.

With F/O Docherty, F/Sgt Lumsden, and F.Sgt Murray in JB476 they failed to return from a raid on Berlin on 1st January 1944.

They are buried in the same row in the 1939-45 War Cemetery, Charlottenburg, Berlin.

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