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FLYING OFFICER Leslie Vivian Tardent DFC

SLC Old Boy:  1929

Service Number: 426443

Date of Birth: 16 October 1911

Date of Enlistment: 22 June 1942

Rank: Flying Officer

Unit: No. 460 Squadron

Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Award: Distinguished Flying Cross

Award Citation: For skill and fortitude in operations against the enemy.

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 25 January 1945

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Page 164, position 14

Date of London Gazette: 19 January 1945

Location in London Gazette: Page 472, position 1



Photo: The Distinguished Flying Cross


Biography of FLYING OFFICER Leslie Vivian Tardent DFC

F/O Leslie Tardent was a Navigator and flew 31 missions with 460 Squadron, part of Bomber Command. During his tour, his aircraft was flak damaged 8 times, and collided once over target, injuring the Pilot and Rear Gunner.

460 Squadron was a heavy bomber squadron formed during World War II on 15 November 1941 and disbanded on 10 October 1945 after seeing extensive combat over Europe. The squadron was a multinational unit, but most personnel were Australian.

No. 460 Squadron is commemorated at the Australian War Memorial  by a display featuring its only surviving aircraft, “G” for George This aircraft made 90 operational sorties between late 1942 and mid-1944.


Photo: Members of 460 Squadron and the Lancaster bomber “G” for George in August 1943.



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