LEST WE FORGET

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)
Leading Aircraftman Leslie Robert Taylor (407084)
Flying Officer John Francis Durban Weston (252) (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, 68

Bibliography:

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

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