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  Sergeant Leslie Laver - 97 Squadron  
 

Sergeant Leslie Laver - RAFVR

 
 Sergeant Leslie Laver  was serving aboard Lancaster Mk. III ND-421 coded OF-S during an operation to Braunschweig on January 14/15, 1944. The aircraft took off from Bourne at 1646hrs and was shot down near the island of Texel, five of the seven crew were killed including Sgt Leslie Laver. 

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Hometown

Age

F/Lt Kenneth Steven - DFC

RAFVR

Ilford,Essex

30

F/Sgt A.C. East - POW

RAFVR

-

-

F/Sgt Samuel Stevenson - DFM

RAFVR

Belfast, Northern Ireland

22

F/O R.R. Brown - POW

RAFVR

-

-

F/Sgt William Gadsby

RAFVR

Greenwich, London

27

W/O Clifford Skinner

RAFVR

Worsborough Dale, Yorkshire

22

 Sergeant Leslie Norman John Laver was the son of William Henry and Jenny  Laver from  Sydenham. His father was a wine and spirit salesman prior to running a draper's shop in Brentford. Leslie was aged 20 when he was killed with four of his crew.

 
 
  Photo courtesy of Terry Laver , research by Linda Ibrom.