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    Default Sgt Leslie James Alesbury - 625037 - Died 18/12/40 - 268 Sqd - Penryhs Cemetery

    Hi to you all,

    Could someone provide information on the loss of the above airman please. Cannot find any information as to his loss.

    Thanks in advance.

    Steve.

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    Hi Steve
    At the time of Alesbury's death 268 Sqn were flying from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk with a detachment at Cambridge. The a/c were Lysander IIs and the Sqn was formed in Sept 1940 from elements of 2 and 26 Sqns. His death is registered at Cambridge in the 4th Qtr of 1940.
    The Sqn information is from Jefford's RAF Squadrons. They were part of Army Co-operation Command and were initially used for Anti Invasion patrols around the coast.(rafweb.org)
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    Dick

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    Steve,

    Here is the entry in Col Ford's, 2-Volume, 'magnum opus':-

    December !8, 1940.

    The Squadron suffered further losses as 1940 came to a close, with Pilot Officer A R Goode and Sergeant L J Alesbury being killed whilst flying in Westland Lysander R1997 on a pin pointing training exercise. They were airborne when a thick ground fog rolled into the area and in their attempts to land the aircraft through the fog, hit high ground and crashed near Dullingham in Cambridgeshire. P/O A R Goode was buried in Twickenham Parochial Cemetery in Middlesex, close to his family home, and Sergeant L J Alesbury was buried in Rhondda (Penrhys) Cemetery in Glamorganshire, which was also close to his family home.

    See:

    ADJIDAUMO. "Tail-in-Air" :The History of No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force September 1940 to March 1946 ( Vol.1 of 2 ).
    Ford,Colin.
    Woden:Author.2004.
    p.39.

    Colin, will/can probably add more.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 5th February 2009 at 11:53. Reason: minor correction

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