Sergeant Leslie Tongue  -  424 Squadron  
   

Sergeant Leslie Tongue - RAFVR

 

 Sergeant Leslie Tongue was serving as Flight Engineer on board Halifax Mk.III LW164 coded QB-C during an operation to Stuttgart on the night January 28/29, 1945. The aircraft began its takeoff roll from Skipton-on-Swale at 1921hrs but swing off the runway and exploded. All aboard were killed except for the Rear Gunner, F/O Tremblay, who was thrown clear by the blast.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

W/C Edwin Williams - AFC

RCAF

Pilot

Halifax, Nova Scotia

28

Sgt Leslie Tongue

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Willesden, Middlesex

26

W/O2 Robert Nicolls

RCAF

Navigator

Toronto, Ontario

28

F/Sgt Russell Chatfield

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Toronto, Ontario

32

W/O2 Gordon Doyle

RCAF

W/Op/AG

Toronto, Ontario

23

F/O Wallace Fleming

RCAF

Air Gunner

Winnipeg, Manitoba

30

F/O J.E.H.B.Tremblay - Injured

RCAF

Air Gunner

-

-

 

Leslie with parents Leslie with wife, Ethel

Sergeant Leslie Tongue was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tongue of Sheffield and younger brother of Miriam and Clarence (Cal), He was married to Ethel Margaret Tongue of Willesden, Middlesex.

Leslie in identified training photo. 3rd row up from bottom, 3rd from left

 

 This was the last Halifax III to be lost by 424 squadron before they converted to Lancasters, it had completed 67 operational sorties prior to the crash. Leslie and his six crew members rest in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. 

The pilot and two gunners were on their second tour of operations when the accident took place.

 

Photos courtesy of Leslie Tongue (nephew), research by Linda Ibrom.