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    Lieutenant (RN) William Paulet Lucy, Fleet Air Arm and HMS Ark Royal, killed in action 14 May 1940 (name on Lee-on-Solent Memorial). Could anyone enlighten me as to the nature of the operation which led to his death (presumably Norway but I cannot rule out something as mundane as a flying accident). Awarded DSO "for daring and resource in the conduct of hazardous and successful operations by the Fleet Air Arm against the enemy, especially on the coast of Norway." (no other details available to me at this time). I seek to add to his entry in aerial DSO data base.

    Wing Commander Reginald Frederick Stuart Leslie Leslie, DSC, DFC, AFC, killed in North Africa, 11 July 1943; buried in Hedjez-el-Bab Cemetery, Tunisia. Probably a flying accident but I would appreciate parriculars if available. I seek to round out his entry in interwar aerial awards (his AFC was gazetted in 1920).

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    Sturtivant's FAA Aircraft 1939-1945 give Lucy's aircraft as Skua L2925. The site below gives more details:

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/1940/05/14.htm

    "At 1330 Lt. W. P. Lucy, RN led off three 803 Squadron Skuas. Each aircraft carried a single 100 lb bomb, and the section had orders to use them to crack the ice around the transports on Lake Hartvig. After doing so, the section headed for the fleet, arriving over HMS Resolution at 17,000 feet. They ran off two solitary bombers, then observed five He-111s of Stab/KG 26 approaching from slightly above. The section hit one He-111 and sent it down with one engine afire, claiming a probable (the bomber managed to crash land back at Vaernes).

    Then Lucy plunged down to low altitude in pursuit of two low flying Heinkels. Sweeping in in a firing pass, Lucy's 8F:L2925 was seen to explode at 50 feet over Ofotfjord, showering the sea with debris. One of his wingman, Lt. T. E. Gray hastened over to a nearby destroyer, HMS Whirlwind, and led her to the scene, but all she recovered was the body of the gallant Lt. William Paulet Lucy DSO, MiD, RN. Lost with him was Squadron Observer Lt. Michael Charles Edward Hanson DSC, MiD, RN. Having spent too long orbiting the wreckage and bring the destroyer to the scene, Lt. Gray had to make a force-land 8G:L2918 on the shore at Breivik. He and his TAG, Leading Airman A. G. Clayton, RN were rescued by HMS Encounter."

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    From Cummings' "Though Without Anger"

    Dakota FD815 of 267 Squadron
    5 miles west of El Aouina

    This aircraft was one of a group of four from the squadron whose crews were detailed to drop flares and dummy parachutists over parts of Sicily. The aircraft was seen to be on fire in the air and then to dive into the ground. The cause of the accident was not determined.

    Flying Officer Gowan Vernon Gibson RCAF Pilot
    Flying Officer Harry Grant Spencer RCAF Pilot
    Lieutenant S A Yaldwyn SAAF Navigator
    Warrant Officer Kennedy Paterson Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
    Wing Commander Reginald Frederick Stewart Leslie DSC DFC AFC
    Major Frank Godrey Baxter Royal Enineers

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    Possibly something among this lot for you:

    To be Flt Cdr wef 30 Jun 17
    London Times dated 30 Jun 17

    Admiralty, 20th July, 1917.
    HONOURS FOR THE ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Service Cross to the undermentioned Officers: —
    Flt. Cdr. Reginald Frederick Stuart Leslie, R.N.A.S.
    In recognition of his gallantry in pursuing hostile raiding aeroplanes out to sea in a land machine on the 25th May, 1917. He attacked one hostile aeroplane, and caused it to descend in a steep nose dive, emitting smoke and steam. He was unable to observe its fate, as he was himself immediately attacked from behind by two other hostile machines and temporarily lost control. When he regained control, the machine which he had first attacked had disappeared, and two others were proceeding eastwards at a considerable height above him. He then returned safely to his aerodrome.

    Air Ministry.
    1st January, 1919.
    His Majesty the KING has 'been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned rewards to Officers and other ranks of the Royal Air Force, in recognition of distinguished service:—
    AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS.
    Capt. (A./Major) Reginald Frederick Stuart Leslie, D.S.C.

    Air Ministry,
    9th May, .1919.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    MEMORANDA.
    All Officers of the Royal Air Force holding acting rank relinquish such rank with effect from 1st May, 1919, and revert to their substantive ranks as shown in the Monthly Air Force List, with the exception of, Officers belonging to the forces engaged in operations in Russia, the undermentioned Officers who will hold the acting rank stated against their names and other Officers who may hereafter be gazetted to acting rank:—
    To be actg. Majs.—
    Capt. R. F. S. Leslie, D.S.C., D.F.C., whilst specially employed.

    Air Ministry,
    1st August 1919.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The attention of the officers named in this Gazette is directed to the Air. Ministry Weekly Order, now in course of issue, relating to the grant of permanent commissions and to the new rates and conditions of pay and other emoluments1. The following are granted permanent commissions in the R.A.F. in the ranks stated.
    Dated 1st August: —
    Captains.
    R. F. S. Leslie, D.S.C., D.F.C. (A. & S.)

    Air Ministry,
    Kingsway, London W.C. 2.
    10th October, 1919.
    His Majesty The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned rewards to Officers and Other Ranks of the Royal Air Force, in recognition of distinguished services rendered during the War: —
    Awarded the Air Force Cross.
    Flt. Lieut. (A./Sqdn. Leader) Reginald Frederick Stuart Leslie, D.S.C., D.F.C.

    F/L, Appointed to Lord Reading’s staff as an Extra ADC
    London Times dated 22 Feb 21

    S/L, Posted Home Communications Flight, Hendon wef 16 Sep 29
    London Times dated 17 Oct 29

    S/L, Posted 99 (B) Sqn, Upper Heyford wef 31 Jul 31
    London Times dated 27 Aug 31

    S/L, Placed on half-pay list wef 25 May 32
    London Times dated 1 Jun 32

    ROYAL AIR FORCE
    WAR SERVICE RECALLED
    Two officers who rendered brilliant service with the R.N.A.S. in the War have just gone on half pay. Squadron Leader R.F.S. Leslie who began his service in May, 1915, won the D.S.C. two years later when he pursued raiding machines out to sea in a land machine. For further service he was awarded the D.F.C. and A.F.C. in 1919, and also received the Italian bronze medal for military valour. He commanded the Home Communication Flight at Hendon in 1929-31.
    London Times dated 2 Jun 32

    ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRON LEADER LESLIE
    Squadron Leader R.F.S. Leslie, D.S.C., D.F.C., A.F.C., has been placed on half-pay, scale B. In January last while with No. 99 (Bomber) Squadron at Uper Heyford, he was placed on the non-effective (sick) list.
    Squadron Leader Leslie served with distinction during the War, and in addition to his three British decorations he was awarded the Italian bronze medal for military valour. He served in both the Dunkirk sector and also in the Mediterranean with R.N.A.S. units. The D.S.C. was awarded him in July, 1917, in recognition of gallantry in pursuing aeroplanes out to sea in a land machine. In 1921-22 he served in India as A.D.C. to the Viceroy, Lord Reading.
    London Times dated 14 Nov 32

    ROYAL AIR FORCE
    STAFF APPOINTMENT
    The vacancy on the staff of No. 21 Group Headquarters, West Drayton, caused by the recent retirement of Squadron Leader C.G.A. Williams, has been filled by Squadron Leader R.F.S. Leslie, D.S.C., D.F.C., A.F.C, who until recently has been on half pay.
    Nearly 44 years of age, Squadron Leader Leslie served with distinction during the War, and in addition to his three British Decorations he was awarded the Italian bronze medal for military valour. He served in the Dunkirk sector and the Mediterranean with R.N.A.S. units. The D.S.C. was awarded him in July, 1917, in recognition of gallantry in pursuing hostile raiding planes out to sea in a land machine. In 1920 he was in Bulgaria and in 1921-22 he served in India as A.D.C. to Lord Irwin.
    London Times dated 19 Aug 33

    S/L, Posted Headquarters Air Defence of Great Britain, Uxbridge wef 11 Feb 34
    London Times dated 17 Feb 34

    ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRON LEADER LESLIE
    The retirement of Squadron Leader R.F.S. Leslie, D.S.C., D.F.C., A.F.C., takes effect from December 25, on which date he attained the age limit of 45 years. He has hitherto been on personnel staff duties at the Uxbridge headquarters of the Air Defence of Great Britain.
    London Times dated 28 Dec 34

    Engaged to Nancy Elizabeth, daughter of the late Lieutenant-Colonel H.E. Brassey and Lady Norah Graham.
    London Times dated 4 Jun 35

    Wing Commander REGINALD FREDERICK STUART LESLIE, D.S.C, D.F.C, AF.C, who has lost his life in North Africa at the age of 53, was among the oldest officers of his rank. All his decorations were gained in the last war. Born on December 25, 1889 at Cookham, Berks, he was educated at Lancing. He entered the Royal Naval Air Service as a probationary flight sub-lieutenant on May 2, 1915. From August of that year he served at Dunkirk. He was made flight lieutenant in 1916, flight commander in 1917, went to the R.A.F. s a captain in 1918, and from June of that year was temporary major. In July, 1917, he was awarded the D.S.C. for gallantry in pursuing raiding aeroplanes out to sea in a land machine. From February, 1918, until after the Armistice he served in the Mediterranean, where for some time he commanded No. 226 Squadron in the Adriatic and Aegean. He received the D.F.C. in January, 1919, and the A.F.C. in October, 1920, both in recognition of distinguished war service. During 1920 he was employed in Bulgaria, and in 1921-22 was A.D.C. to the first Marquess of Reading when Viceroy of India. Service afloat in H.M.S. Argus, and staff service at coastal stations, followed until 1929, when he was appointed to Hendon, where he had charge of the Home Communications Flight. Later he served with a bomber squadron, and at group headquarters on staff duties, until December, 1934, when he retired on reaching the age of 45.
    London Times dated 27 Jul 43

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