LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Leopold Albert ELKINGTON

Service No: 411576
Born: Penrith NSW, 5 November 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 24 May 1941
Unit: No. 20 Squadron, Cairns QLD
Died: Air Operations: (No. 20 Squadron Catalina aircraft A24-41), Gulf of Carpentaria, 8 April 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Albert Edward and Emily Mary Elkington, of Penrith, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 5, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Penrith City Memorial Park, Penrith NSW

On the night of 7 April 1943, Catalina A24-41 was lost in the Gulf of Carpentaria at the estimated position of 15 degrees S 140 degrees E. The crew members of A24-41 were:

Pilot Officer Leonard George Adamson (400549) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Leopold Albert Elkington (411576) (Pilot)
Flying Officer James David Fisk (408826) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Clement William Haydon (407237) (Pilot)
Flying Officer John Goulburn Lancaster (401847) (Navigator)
Corporal Noel Clifford Marshall (32072) (Air Gunner)
Corporal William Ivan Meyers (11814) (Air Gunner)
Corporal Malcolm James Mutton (28263) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Lawrence Neild Oppy (412281) (Co-Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman James Augustus Scott (22604) (Fitter IIE)
Sergeant Derek Alan Wray (402714) (Wireless Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/11/29
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line