P/O Leslie Gill - 156 Squadron  

Pilot Officer Leslie Gill - RAF

P/O Lesle Gill  was serving as Wireless Operator on board Lancaster MK.III JB-476 coded GT-R for an operation to Berlin on January 1/2, 1944. The aircraft departed from Warboys at 0038hrs but failed to return. The crew are buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

The rest of the crew were:

Name Service Age Hometown
F/O Thomas Docherty RAF - Twickenham,Middx
F/O William Raper RAAF 37 Preston,Victoria,Australia
P/O Clarence Gynther RAAF 25 Mundah,Queensland,Australia
F/O William Robertson RAAF 28 Kingsford,New South Wales,Australia
F/S William Lumsden DFM RAFVR 21 Ludworth,Co.Durham
F/S Jack Murray RAFVR - -

 P/O Leslie Gill, known as Les was born in December 1920 in Melksham, Wiltshire. Educated at Fitzmaurice Grammar School, Bradford on Avon,1932-36.He joined the RAF on 26th January 1937 at 2 Wing, Halton before receiving his passing out report from 3 Wing No.I E. & W. School, Cranwell on 16th May 1939.

 He joined 207 Squadron at RAF Cottesmore on 18th May 1939,then 207 Squadron at RAF Cranfield and 12 OTU , RAF Benson on 20th  April 1940. He and his wife, Barbara after marrying on 28th April 1941, lived at No 28 Married Quarters, No 1 Squadron, 12 OTU, Benson. Les then went on to join 90 Squadron on 30th August 1941 at Polebrook, Northants., serving on B-17's for a while.

 He then joined 1653 CU. on 12th  February 1942, Snaith on 31st October 1942 and 1657 CU. on 9th November 1942.

 Following his time at the Conversion Units, he was posted to 199 Squadron at Linholme before moving to Blyton after a few days and then to 27 OTU, where he was instructing Polish airmen, quite possibly after completing his first tour. He was then posted 1656 CU on 15th May 1943 before joining 460 Squadron on 14th June 1943.

 Lastly,came a posting to 156 squadron on 24th September 1943 with three of the Australian's from the 460 crew, P/O Gynther, F/O Robertson & P/O Raper.


Wedding Photo

Les Gill and new bride Barbara, in April of 1941.





Photos courtesy of Mike Collins (son of Les Gill), research by Linda Ibrom.