WILKIE James Leon 42170

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer James Leon WILKIE

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 42170 (RAF)
Born: Perth WA, 1 November 1919
Enlisted in the RAF: Date unavailable
Unit: No. 263 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations (No. 263 Squadron Gladiator aircraft N5893), off Norway, 2 June 1940, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Narvik Cemetery, Norway
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Leonard Raymond and Clare Percival Wilkie, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Pilot Officer Wilkie was on patrol in Gladiator N5893 when he was shot down on the afternoon of 2 June 1940 by an Me110 (piloted by Helmut Lent, ZG76) to the east of Rombaks Fjord, Norway.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Franks, Norman L R Royal Air Force Fighter Command Losses of the Second World war Volume 1 Operational Losses: Aircraft and Crews 1939-1941, Midland Publishing Leicester UK, 1997