LEITCH Norman Colin 427001

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Norman Colin Campbell LEITCH

Service No: 427001
Born: Harvey WA, 13 March 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1942
Unit: No. 10 Squadron (RAF), RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 10 Squadron Halifax aircraft LV825), Yorkshire, 17 June 1944, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire UK
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Colin Campbell Leitch and Mary Leitch; husband of Isabel Currie Leitch, of Innaloo, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Boyanup WA
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Halifax aircraft LV825 took off from RAF Melbourne at 0020 hours 17 June 1944, detailed to attack a flying bomb site. Approximately thirty minutes later, the aircraft spun into the ground at Pastures Farm, Rawcliffe, some 5 kms south east of Goole, Yorkshire. The starboard outer engine was observed on fire. Six crew members were killed one one injured.

The crew members of LV825 were:

Flight Sergeant Mervyn John Coleman (436070) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 11 December 1945
Sergeant Ronald Aubery Crawford (929824) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Cyril Albert Reginald Dummer (1866298) (RAFVR)
Flying Officer Norman Colin Campbell Leitch (427001) (Pilot)
Sergeant Clarence Ralph Benjamin Lewington (1587162) (RAFVR)
Flight Sergeant William John McCarrol (1483480) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Ronald Francis Pearce (1339551) (RAFVR)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Chorley, W R Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War – Volume 5 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1944, Midland Counties Publishing, 1997
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll