Alexander, Leopold Gordon

Personal Information

Rank Sgt
Forename(s) Leopold Gordon
Surname Alexander
Gender M
Age 30
Date of Death 02-02-1943
Next of Kin Son of Francis Leopold Alexander and Emily Jane Alexander (née Taylor), of Guildford, Surrey. Husband of Marjorie Winifred Alexander (née Green), whom he married in Gravesend in February 1941. Father of one son, born June 1943

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster III
Serial Number ED440
Markings EA-L

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Netherlands
Burial/Memorial Place Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen
Grave Reference 18. D. 4.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 1

Enlistment Information

Service Number 1311746
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 5
Squadron 49
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin United Kingdom

Other Memorials

Location St. Clement of Rome Church, Fiskerton, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Slate Tablet & 49 Sqn Roll of Honour
Memorial Text In memory of all who served at RAF Fiskerton 1943-1945
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Location St. Clement of Rome Church, Fiskerton, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Slate Tablet
Memorial Text In memory of all who served at RAF Fiskerton 1943 - 1945 Per Erdua Ad Astra
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Location Fiskerton Airfield (Disused) Reepham Rd, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Memorial Stones with inscribed Metal Plaques
Memorial Text RAF Fiskerton. This stone and tree are sited on the airfield in memory of those who served here during World War II
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Location The National Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Memorial
Memorial Text In memory of those who served on 49 Squadron 1916-1965
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Miscellaneous Information

Born 16 April 1912, Guildford. His father Francis was a grocer/draper and died on 17 February 1923. He had owned The Store, Bredgar, Sittingbourne. His mother Emily had been living in Glebe Road, Weald, Kent when she died. Four months after Leopold was killed his son was born. Marjorie remarried and moved to Australia, she died in 2005 in Manly, Queensland.

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Fellow Servicemen

Last Operation Information

Start Date 02-02-1943
End Date 03-02-1943
Takeoff Station Fiskerton
Day/Night Raid Night (6% moon)
Operation Köln
Reason for Loss Aircraft took off from Fiskerton at 1851 hrs detailed to attack targets in Koln. Reportedly shot down by a night fighter the aircraft crashing between Kessel and Helden (Limburg). Claimed by Maj Werner Streib of Stab1/NJG1 Kessel and Venlo area at 2113 hrs. Crew initially buried in Venlo Military Cemetery, reinterred on 22 October 1947.

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IBCC is delighted to introduce a unique facility to link the Losses Database to the relevant RAF Casualty Pack on the National Archives website. This project is the result of on-going collaboration between IBCC, the MOD Records Office and National Archives, Kew. This document describes what Casualty Packs are, when they were created, the process of making them available to the public and then goes on to describe the process by which you can view the contents of the packs. Casualty Packs (CPs) were created by the RAF whenever there was serious injury or loss of life associated with operational activity within the RAF. This includes operational flying losses, enemy action due to air raids, road accidents either on station or even off-station if they involved RAF vehicles. Deaths due to natural causes in service or accidents that did not involve RAF vehicles did not generally give rise to a CP.

CPs were originally given a unique reference number by the RAF. Each begins with the letter ‘P’ and is followed by six digits, then an oblique (forward slash) and the finally the year in which the incident took place- for example P396154/42.

The CPs are in the process of being made available to the general public as they are passed from the MOD Records Office, Portsmouth to National Archives, Kew. This process requires some rework to the files which is very time consuming, so the process of making them all available to National Archives will take several years. They are being made available in increasing date order.

Once CPs arrive at National Archives they are assigned a unique AIR81 number, so each CP has both a P-number and an AIR81 number. Both are searchable on the National Archives website under ‘Search the catalogue’ and both are included on the IBCC website.

The AIR81 reference on the IBCC website is a link to the file on the National Archives website. When you click on it, the relevant page will open in a new tab on your browser.

There is currently no plan to digitise AIR81 files, partly because they are fragile and partly because the information they contain can at times be sensitive, even harrowing, since they may contain exhumation reports and even photographs of corpses. Family members wishing to read the AIR81 files relating to their ancestors are advised to exercise caution and be guided by National Archives warnings where appropriate.

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To attend in person, the attendee should first create a Reader’s Ticket. This can be done online by following this link: Then click on the AIR81 reference on the IBCC website and click Order in Advance. Enter your Reader’s Ticket number and state the date on which you intend to visit. National Archives will have the file ready for you when you arrive, saving you time. When you visit Kew, you must quote the Reader’s Ticket number and take along two forms of ID- one bearing your signature and one bearing your address. When you view the files, you are permitted to take photographs of each page, should you wish.

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