Flight Sergeant Leslie Chapman (CGM)  -  61 Squadron  
   

 

Flight Sergeant Leslie Chapman (CGM) - RAFVR

 

 Flight Sergeant Leslie Chapmanwas serving as Wireless Operator on board Lancaster Mk.I NF912 during an operation to Siegen on February 1, 1945. The aircraft left Skellingthorpe at 1542hrs and immediately after takeoff the port outer engine cut out. Squadron Leader Horsley succeeded in flying a very tight circuit with great skill and force landed on the airfield. As the Lancaster touched down there was an explosion and fire which killed six of the seven man crew, including F/Sgt Leslie Chapman. 

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

S/L Hugh Horsley - AFC

RAFVR

Pilot

York

28

W/O Henry Pyke

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

-

-

F/Sgt Samuel Fleet

RAFVR

Navigator

Greatham

22

F/Sgt Victor Merrow

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Preston

-

F/Sgt Leslie Chapman - CGM

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Moulton Washway

23

F/Sgt Arthur Sherriff - DFM

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Bolton

35

Sgt R.T.Hoskisson - Injurred

RAFVR

Air Gunner

-

-

 Flight Sergeant Leslie Chapman, RAFVR, CGM was the son of Ernest and Eva Ellen Chapman of Moulton Washway ,Lincolnshire. He won the CGM for steadfastly remaining at his post, despite being severely wounded, while on operations to Nuremberg on 30/31st March 1944.

 Further reading on the incident from which F/Sgt Chapman earned his CGM can be found in the article, Through the Bombsight.

Photo courtesy of the late Derek Patfield, research by Linda Ibrom.