Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. L Ledger

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Lesley Ledger joined the RAF as an Aircrafthand in June 1938, he later remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner.

After completing his training he joined 236 Squadron on 19th July 1940 and served with it in the Battle of Britain. His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was awarded the DFM (gazetted 12th January 1943) as a Flight Sergeant with 35 Squadron, operating in Halifaxes from Graveley, Huntingdonshire.

The circumstances of the award are currently unknown but may be related to an incident on 8th June 1942. Halifax B2 W1049 was hit by flak over Essen and came down in the sea. The crew, including Ledger, were all able to take to the aircraft’s dinghy. Spotted by Hudsons out looking for them, they were picked up by an Air-Sea Rescue launch and landed safely at Yarmouth.

Commissioned in November 1944, Ledger was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flying Officer.

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