Stewart Leigh DENNIS DFC

DENNIS, Stewart Leigh

Service Number: 403914
Enlisted: 31 March 1941
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 156 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Enfield New South Wales Australia , 31 October 1920
Home Town: Enfield (NSW), Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Fort Street Boys High School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, Russelsheim Germany, 13 August 1944, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
Coll. Grave Plot 8. Row H. 11-13, Rheinberg War Cemetery, Rheinberg, Germany
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, 403914
31 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 403914, No. 2 Initial Training School Bradfield Park
31 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 403914, No. 156 Squadron (RAF)
28 Sep 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 403914, Operational Training Units (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
26 Jul 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 403914, No. 156 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
15 Sep 1944: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross, Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Graham Padget

(Flight Lieutenant) Stewart Leigh Dennis was born at 20 Kelso Street in the inner-western Sydney suburb of Enfield, NSW, on 31 October 1920, the second son of Spenser Dennis and Florence Martin. Stewart’s given names honoured his mother’s Scottish forebears and a brother of his father.

He attended Fort Street Boys High School and then enrolled in the Faculty of Arts at Sydney University, passing Psychology 1 late in 1938 and the deferred exam in Economics 1 (Faculty of Economics) early in 1939.

DFC Citation ‘Flying Officer Dennis has completed many successful operations during which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.’

Flying Officer S. L. Dennis, D.F.C. (403914) was granted the acting (unpaid) rank of ‘Flight Lieutenant whilst occupying Flight Lieutenant post’, to take effect from 26 July 1944. (Commonwealth Gazette No. 223., p 2525, 9 November, 1944)

(extracted and edited from AWM records & dennisfamily blog)