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John Leonard

Biography of John Leonard

Sergeant John Leonard of the RAF was born in Glasgow and attended St Mungo's Academy. He graduated MA from the University in 1933 and became a teacher. Before joining the RAF in 1940, he taught Latin at Holyrood Senior Secondary School in Glasgow.

Leonard was attached to 114 Squadron, No 2 Group, Bomber Command. He was killed on the night of 30 May 1942 in Germany. The first RAF 1000 bomber raid was carried out against Cologne on this date. As the navigator in a Blenheim Mk.IV, Leonard was part of a diversionary force of long-range fighters and Blenheim light bombers dispatched on Intruder operations. Their job was to carry out isolated attacks on Luftwaffe airfields in north west Germany.

Leonard's Blenheim took off at 9.24pm on 30 May from West Raynham, Norfolk. The Blenheim carried a crew of three. The plane was brought down in unknown circumstances. All three of the crew are buried in Sage War Cemetery in north west Germany.

Additional information supplied by James Donnelly.


John Leonard
Born 7 December 1910, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 30 May 1942.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1933;
Father's Details: William Leonard; Plasterer
War Service: Sergeant, Royal Air Force
Grave / Memorial: Sage War Cemetery, Germany
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
Record last updated: 11th Mar 2008

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