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Leese, Robert Gibson (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1943-October-02

Birth Date: 1922 (age 21)

Son of Robert Vernon Leese and Mary Adeline Leese, of Powell River, British Columbia.

Home: Powell River, British Columbia

15 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Aim Sure
Pilot Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Wireless Air Gunner
Service Numbers
15 Sqn SAAF (Aim Sure) Landing Ground 07, The crew of Baltimore IIIa aircraft FA 360 failed to return from a photo reconnaissance operation off the north coast of Crete. P/O RG Leese (RCAF), P/O DT Randall (RCAF), Lt FO Griffin (SAAF) and Lt AA Lewin (SAAF) were killed. P/O Leese has no known grave and is commemorated on the Alamein War Memorial. P/O Leese was brother of P/O WH Leese (RCAF), 15 Sqn RAF, killed 1944-12-18

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Pilot Officer Robert Gibson Leese has no known grave.

Crew on Baltimore Mk. IIIA FA360

Martin Baltimore

A Royal Air Force Martin Baltimore IV/V bomber. Most aircraft were delivered to Commonwealth countries, a few were kept in the U.S. under the USAAF designation A-30.
USAAF - Official U.S. Air Force photo 051122-F-1234P-023

The Martin 187 Baltimore was a twin-engined light attack bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company in the United States as the A-30. The model was originally ordered by the French in May 1940 as a follow-up to the earlier Martin Maryland, then in service in France. With the fall of France, the production series was diverted to Great Britain and after mid-1941, supplied by the U.S. as Lend Lease equipment.

Development of the Baltimore was hindered by a series of problems, although the type eventually became a versatile combat aircraft. Produced in large numbers, the Baltimore was not used operationally by United States armed forces but eventually served with the British, Canadian, Australian, South African, Hellenic and the Italian air forces. it was subsequently used almost exclusively in the Mediterranean and Middle East theatre of World War II. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Martin Baltimore Bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube Martin Baltimore Bomber

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (24)
last update: 2021-08-26 20:35:52

Baltimore Mk. IIIA FA360

Ex USAAF A-30, serial number 41-27942. MIA on recon mission to Aegean Sea Oct 2, 1943

15 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Aim Sure

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