MIDDLETON Leonard Stewart 406400

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Leonard Stewart MIDDLETON

Service No: 406400
Born: Perth WA, 8 July 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 December 1940
Unit: No. 223 Squadron (RAF), Amriya, Egypt
Died: Air Operations (No. 223 Squadron Baltimore aircraft AG852), Egypt, 2 November 1942, Aged 30 Years
Buried: El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edward I. S. and Violet Amelia Middleton, of Claremont, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Maylands WA
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Brother of Pilot Officer Alan Stewart Middleton (406028)

Baltimore AG852 of 223 Squadron was one of a formation of aircraft in an operation to bomb stores at Chazal Station on 2 November 1942. Over the target there was heavy anti-aircraft fire, and AG 852 was hit, blew up and seen to leave the formation going down in flames. One of the crew was seen to bale out, but it was impossible to state who it was. There was no further news of the aircraft or crew which did not return to base. Flight Sergeant Middleton is buried in the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. The search for the graves of the remaining missing crew members was abandoned in 1946.

The crew members of AG852 were:

Flight Sergeant Colin Maxwell Chenoweth (407198) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer Alan Campbell Maclure (401133) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Leonard Stewart Middleton (406400) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant Theodore George Richards (402006) (Air Gunner)

Bibliography:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
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, 163/141/625