Samuel Edward LEES

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LEES, Samuel Edward

Service Numbers: 55293, 265672
Enlisted: 5 May 1942
Last Rank: Aircraftman 2
Last Unit: Aircrew Training Units
Born: Mayfair, England, 25 January 1919
Home Town: Vaucluse, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Technical College, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Chemical Engineer
Died: Accidental (Ground Accident), Bradfield Park, New South Wales, Australia, 3 August 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Sydney War Cemetery (Rookwood)
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 55293
5 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 265672, School of Administration (RAAF)
18 May 1943: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 265672
19 May 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 55293, Aircrew Training Units

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Samuel Edward Lees 265672 / 55293 enlisted as an RAAF Armament Officer (service number 265672) in May 1942 after not being permitted to enlist as Aircrew - 12 months later he resigned his commission and was discharged from the RAAF so the next day he could re-enlist as an Aircrew Trainee (service number 55293) - he was killed in a Bus accident at the entrance to RAAF Number 6 Initial Training School at Bradfield Park in NSW a few months later