Hi all,

During my search of Typhoon pilot names I found in many newpapers articles the name of S/L C. Leagh-Murray, DFC. He should be a Typhoon expert and also F/Sgt Addison.

Army News (Darwin, NT), Thursday 28 Jan 1943

R.A.A.F. Men Fly Hawker Typhoons

... The first Australian Hawker Typhoon expert was Flight Sergeant Colin Leigh-Murray, formerly of Guinea Airways. Others included Flight Sergeant James Stuart Addison, of Malvern, Victoria.


West Australian (Perth, WA) 28 Jan 1943


Australians Flying Them.

…The first RAAF pilot to fly a Typhoon was Flight-Sgt Colin Leagh Murray, formerly of Guinea Airways, who put in many hours testing these aircraft. Other RAAF pilots flying Typhoons in the UK include … and Sgt J. S. Addison (25), of Malvern, Victoria.


You can look to his log-book page 26/106 :


There you can see that Sgt. Colin Leagh-Murray 404616 (later S/L Leagh-Murray, D.F.C.) flew Typhoon with No.56 Squadron four times – not more…

On the page there is also a remark:

"Sgt. Cameron and myself are first Aussies to fly these Wizard Crates."

According to the ORB of No. 56 Sqn Sgt. Cameron took off his Typhoon 10 minutes before Sgt Leagh-Murray.

Therefore the first Aussie flying Typhoon was Sgt. Cameron… not Sgt. Leagh-Murray.

CAMERON Richard Beauchamp - (Sergeant); Service Number - 404451; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Hurricane 11B Z3328; Place - West England; Date - 24 December 1941


The same night (24 Dec 1941) Sgt. Leagh-Murray crashed with his Hurricane:

LEAGH-MURRAY Colin - (Sergeant); Service Number - 404616; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Hurricane II Z3442; Place - Saffron Walden, England; Date - 24 December 1941


The Auckland Star, Wednesday, January 3, 1945



O.C. SYDNEY, Dec. 28.

When his Hurricane fighter fell from 8000ft, Flight-Lieutenant Colin Leagh Murray, of Devonport, Tasmania, was given up for dead because his Hurricane hit the ground at 400 miles an hour. It struck a ditch and ran across several fields, smashing through fences. It lifted a kitchen off a house and dragged it along. There were bits of aircraft scattered along the 800 yards trail of wreckage. The engine was buried beneath a main road.
"Nobody," states the Department of Air, "can explain why Murray was still alive when found. Doctors inserted 187 stitches in his wounds and he recovered consciousness two and a half weeks later. He was out of hospital five months afterwards."…


He has never flown Typhoons again. He has never tested Typhoons. Or has he?

F/Sgt. James Stuart Addison 403886 (later F/L) has never flown Typhoon. Or has he?

His file: