Sergeant Francis Michael LEANEY

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 632994 (RAF)
Born: Date, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAF: Date unavailable
Unit: No. 622 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Mildenhall, Suffolk
Died: Air Operations: (No. 622 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LL812), Netherlands, 13 June 1944, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Eindhoven (Woenesel) General Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Reginald Desmond and Louisa Ann Leaney, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown

On the night of 12 June 1944, Lancaster LL812 took off from Mildenhall at 2300 hours detailed to bomb Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and exploded in the west of Oirschot (Noord-Brabant), some 13kms south west from the centre of Eindhoven. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of LL812 were:

Sergeant Reginald Bramley (2220988) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Martin Dea (1798041) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Richard Paul Percival Holden (429323) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Francis Michael Leaney (632994) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Richard John William Moore (423433) (Navigator)
Flying Officer William Frederick Harvey Rattle (423256) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Walter Richard Tanner (424230) (Air Bomber)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/24/473

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