Leslie John Keith Katherine OLNEY

OLNEY, Leslie John Keith Katherine

Service Number: 256518
Enlisted: 13 July 1942
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: Mobile Works Squadrons
Born: Mount Moriac, Victoria, Australia, 18 December 1907
Home Town: Newtown, Golden Plains, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Accident, Goulburn Island, Northern Territory, Australia, 29 May 1943, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery, Northern Territory
C.A.1., Adelaide River War Cemetery, Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burwood Methodist Church Memorial Window 1
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, 256518
13 Jul 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Mobile Works Squadrons
13 Jul 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 256518

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of John Charles and Isabella Jane Olney

Husband of Jessie Miriam Olney of Hartwell, Victoria


Flying Officer Leslie John Keith Olney 256518 of Number 12 Service and Design Unit (12 Works Survey & Design Unit - 61 Works Wing) was travelling on De Havilland Dragon A34-51 as a passenger.  The aircraft struck trees on the south-west of Goulburn Island, NT and FLGOFF Olney was killed.

The pilot was Flying Officer John Slade 401837 of Number 6 Communications Flight (severely injured).  Another passenger was Flying Officer Frederick Harold Porter 264738 of 44RDF Wing (uninjured)