Leslie READING DFC

READING, Leslie

Service Number: O5879
Enlisted: 14 August 1943
Last Rank: Wing Commander
Last Unit: Airforce Headquarters
Born: Meckering, Western Australia, 3 August 1925
Home Town: Meckering, Cunderdin, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: RAAF Pilot
Died: Natural causes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 28 May 2013, aged 87 years
Cemetery: Springvale Garden of Remembrance & Crematorium, Victoria
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World War 2 Service

14 Aug 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, SN O5879
14 Aug 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force
14 Aug 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, SN O5879

Korean War Service

27 Jun 1950: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN O5879
27 Jun 1950: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN O5879
7 Apr 1951: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN O5879
20 Jul 1951: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN O5879
20 Jul 1951: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN O5879
24 Dec 1951: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN O5879

World War 2 Service

25 Feb 1976: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, SN O5879
25 Feb 1976: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, SN O5879, Airforce Headquarters
Date unknown: Involvement Wing Commander, SN O5879

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Pilot Officer Leslie Reading O5879 in Mustang A68-726 was briefly reported as MIA by RAAF 77 (Fighter) Squadron while on a mission in the Assule region in Korea in July 1950 with Flying Officer Kenneth Duncan McLeod O31479 / 10810 (Mustang A68-813) and Pilot Officer Milton James Cottee O22222 / A22222 / 446011 (Mustang A68-799) - all 3 were reported safe after landing at an American Air Base