Colin Leslie LEAGH-MURRAY DFC

LEAGH-MURRAY, Colin Leslie

Service Numbers: QX4290, 404616
Enlisted: 21 October 1939, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 16 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Devonport, Tasmania, 16 February 1913
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Natural causes (heart disease), Beaudesert, Queensland, 6 October 1992, aged 79 years
Cemetery: Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens & Crematorium
Cremated 9 Oct 1992
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World War 2 Service

21 Oct 1939: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX4290, Brisbane, Queensland
22 Oct 1939: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX4290
15 Jan 1940: Discharged 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX4290, 6th Australian Division
11 Oct 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, SN 404616, No. 2 Initial Training School
11 Oct 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 404616, Brisbane, Queensland
9 Jan 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, SN 404616, No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School
6 Mar 1941: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, SN 404616, 2 Embarkation Depot, Located Bradfield Park, Sydney, NSW. Embarkation in Sydney for Canada followed on 21 March 1941.
21 Mar 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, SN 404616, No. 1 Y Depot (Halifax)
16 Jul 1941: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, SN 404616, No. 1 M Depot, Embarked Canada for UK - disembarked UK 16 Aug 1941. Attached to Royal Air Force (RAF) 16 Jul 1941 to 7 Nov 1946.
27 Aug 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 404616, Operational Training Units (RAF), Empire Air Training Scheme
7 Oct 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Airman Pilot, SN 404616, No. 56 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
24 Dec 1941: Wounded SN 404616, No. 56 Squadron (RAF), Seriously injured in aircraft accident (Hurricane Z3442) at approx 1930hrs near Saffron Walden, Essex, England - fractured skull involving operation, cuts etc. - Hill End Hospital, St Albans. Ref: NAA:A705, 163/146/94
3 Aug 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 404616, No. 16 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
10 Apr 1945: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross, Air War NW Europe 1939-45, Citation: Flight Lieutenant LEAGH-MURRAY has completed a long tour on day and night fighters during which his aircraft was shot down on one occasion and he was badly wounded. Despite this harassing experience, he continued to operate with keenness and efficiency. In January 1945, this officer was detailed to photograph targets in the Bremen and Hamburg areas. On breaking cloud, he sighted one JU88 and, although unarmed, he faced an attack against the enemy aircraft which made a sharp turn and then spun through the clouds, out of control. He then continued with his mission and returned safely to base with excellent photographs. Flight Lieutenant LEAGH-MURRAY's splendid courage, thoroughness and determination have played a most valuable part in the successes achieved by his unit. NAA:A9300, LEAGH-MURRAY C
11 Nov 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 404616

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