Sergeant Lessel John HAMPSTEAD

Service No: 421805
Born: South Killarney QLD, 13 February 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 March 1942 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Port Pirie SA
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School Battle aircraft L5640), Port Pirie, 20 May 1943, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Port Pirie General Cemetery, SA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George Joseph and Amelia Maria Hampstead, of Grafton, New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Grafton NSW
Remembered: Panel 116, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0940 hours on 20 May 1943, Battle L5640 crashed at Port Pirie while towing a drogue and its crew members were killed. The cause of the accident is listed as “obscure”. The crew members were:

Leading Aircraftman Gordon Leslie Dore (46528) (Trainee Air Gunner)
Leading Aircraftman Aloysius Patrick Gilmore (116103) (Trainee Air Gunner)
Sergeant Lessel John Hampstead (421805) (Pilot)


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 A9845, 232

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