LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Clarence Melville LEESUE

Service No: 417649
Born: Gladstone SA, 2 April 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 June 1942
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF Station East Sale VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-352), King Island TAS, 11 July 1943, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Currie Park Cemetery, King Island TAS
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Patrick and Martha Ellen Leesue; husband of Mabel Gwendoline Leesue, of Broken Hill, New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Gladstone SA
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At 0200 hours on 11 July 1943, Beaufort A9-352 crashed 2 kms east of Currie Airfield while on approach to land. The crew members of A9-352 who were all killed were:

Pilot Officer Neville William Allan Edwards (401747)
Pilot Officer John Alexander Kildea (418850)
Pilot Officer Clarence Melville Leesue (417649)
Pilot Officer Harold Roy Snell (421408) (Pilot)

References:

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, 254

Bibliography:

Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) Always Ready: a history of RAAF East Sale, RAAF Publications Unit Melbourne VIC, 1993
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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