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Leach, Alan

    Date of birth:
    March 25th, 1921 (Coppull/Lancashire, Great Britain)
    Date of death:
    January 5th, 1945 (Leinhausen- Soeckern)
    Buried on:
    Hanover Commonwealth War Cemetery
    Plot: 2. Row: F. Grave: 7-7A.
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)


    Alan Leach was born on March 25th, 1921 in Coppull as the son of Sylvester and Emma Leach. He served as Pilot with the rank of Pilot Officer with No. 51 Squadron. On January 5th, 1945 he was piloting
    Handley Page Halifax LV 952, MH F.
    It took off from RAF Snaith at 16.47 hours, detailed to bomb the rail network at Hannover, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. The plane was shot down at 19.22 by Luftwaffe pilot Georg-Hermann Greiner, and crashed 19.27 in Stockener Street, Leinhausen- Soeckern. He and five of the crew were killed and are buried in Hannover War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany.

    RAF PO 185864 Captain A. Leach (Pilot)
    RAF Sgt P Neale (Flight Engineer)
    RAF Flt Sgt J S Staples (Navigator)
    RAF Flt Sgt W G Bowen (Air Bomber)
    RAAF 403167 PO Wilson L A (Wireless Operator Air)
    RAF Flt Sgt W M Burton (Air Gunner)
    The surviving crew member was RAF Sgt D E F Thomsett (Air Gunner).

    ?: Flight Sergeant;
    September 5th, 1944: Pilot Officer on probation (emergency).

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