Leading Aircraftman Leslie Robert TAYLOR

Service No: 407084
Born: Unley SA, 6 March 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 27 May 1940
Unit: No. 2 Service Flying Training School, Wagga Wagga NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Service Flying Training School Anson aircraft R3540), Wagga Wagga, 6 September 1940, Aged 29 Years
Buried: North Road Anglican Cemetery, Nailsworth SA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry Edgar Letchford Taylor and Lillian May Taylor, of St. Peters
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 117, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At about 1450 hours on 6 September 1940, Avro Anson R3540 broke up in mid air and crashed at the Wagga Wagga Experimental Farm. The aircraft had entered a steep dive leading to a partial collapse of its structure followed by an uncontrollable spiral into the ground. The three crew members who were all killed were:

Leading Aircraftman James Oliver Borain (404011) (Trainee Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman Leslie Robert Taylor (407084) (Trainee Pilot)
Flying Officer John Francis Durban Weston (252) (Instructor 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, 68


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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