Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. L H Bartlett

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Leonard Harold Bartlett was born on 20th June 1916 and joined the RAFVR in May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 17 Squadron at Debden on 15th July 1940.

On 28th August Bartlett shared in the destruction of a Ju88, on 19th September he shared another and on 8th November he destroyed a Ju87 and probably a second.



On 17th March 1941 Bartlett was shot down over Chiddingly, Sussex, in Hurricane Z2704. He baled out and the aircraft crashed at Stream Farm.

Commissioned in July 1941, Bartlett was posted to 137 Squadron at Matlask in February 1942. In September he was given command of 253 Squadron at Hibaldstow. The squadron went to North Africa in November 1942. Bartlett destroyed a Ju88 on 10th January 1943.

The squadron moved to Monte Corvino, Italy in October.

Bartlett was posted away in January 1944 and he was awarded the DSO (gazetted 3rd March 1944).

He retired from the RAF on 20th June 1966 as a Group Captain.

He later settled in Australia where he died on 11th February 2017.

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