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.Next