Leslie Dean ANDERSON


ANDERSON, Leslie Dean

Service Number: 414121
Enlisted: 16 August 1941, Enlisted at Brisbane, QLD
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 466 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Toowoomba, Queensland, 26 February 1923
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Toowoomba Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, Germany, 29 January 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
Plot 7, Row E, Grave 3 Headstone inscription reads: Greater love hath no man. He lay down his life for his friends
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toowoomba Grammar School WW2 Honour Board, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW2, Toowoomba St John's Presbyterian Church Honour Roll, Toowoomba St Stephen's Church WW2 Memorial Tablet, Toowoomba WW2 Roll of Honour Book, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 2 Service

16 Aug 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 414121, Aircrew Training Units, Enlisted at Brisbane, QLD
17 Aug 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 414121, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
24 Apr 1942: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 414121, Aircrew Training Units, Embarked at Sydney, NSW for Canada disembarking on 15 May 1942
27 Oct 1942: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 414121, Aircrew Training Units, Embarked at Canada for UK disembarking on 5 November 1942
2 Sep 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, No. 466 Squadron (RAAF)
29 Jan 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 414121, No. 466 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Leslie John Anderson and Florence Anderson of Toowoomba, QLD

Prior to enlisting he was employed as a general Clerk by Toomaroo Pty. Lt, Toowoomba, QLD

Plane was Halifax HG 345 which crashed after bombing a target in Berlin.

On the night of 28th January 1944, the aircraft in which your son was Navigator, took off to carry out an attack on enemy territory. This flight represented one of the many courageous efforts called for from the Royal Australian Air Force in this war, and it was undertaken with efficiency and resolution, for which your son’s crew was noted in the Squadron. Unfortunately, the aircraft did not return. The most searching enquiries through all possible channels have so far revealed nothing but naturally it will take some time for possible information to reach this country from enemy sources. Meanwhile, we can only hope that Pilot Officer Anderson and the other members of his crew are prisoners of war. If any further news should come through, you will be notified immediately.

Mr and Mrs L.J. Anderson, of Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, have been officially notified that their only son, Pilot Officer Leslie Dean Anderson, previously reported as missing as a result of air operations on the night of January 28, is now reported to have lost his life. The official intimation set out that a report received from the International Red Cross at Geneva, stated that, according to German information, Pilot Officer Anderson lost his life. Pilot Officer Anderson was one of a crew of a Halifax bomber which took part in an attack on Berlin on the night of January 28, from which he did not return. He had taken part in eighteen operational flights, and this was the second occasion on which he had taken part in the bombing of the German capital. He gained his wings in Canada and had two years’ service with the Air Force overseas. Pilot Officer Anderson, a former Toowoomba Grammar School boy, was twenty years of age.