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PILOT OFFICER Leonard Francis Talty DFC

SLC Old Boy: 1939

Service Number: 429395

Date of Birth: 29 December 1922

Date of Enlistment: 14 September 1942

Rank: Pilot Officer

Unit: No. 635 Squadron (RAF) – Pathfinder Squadron

Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Award: Distinguished Flying Cross

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 11 October 1945

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Page 2162, position 49

Date of London Gazette: 25 September 1945

Location in London Gazette: Page 4752, position 52



Photo: The Distinguished Flying Cross


History of 635 Squadron (RAF)

635 Squadron was formed at RAF Downham Market in Norfolk on 20 March 1944 from two flights drawn from No. 35 Squadron and No. 97 Squadron, equipped with Lancaster Mk.I bombers, as part of No. 8 Group RAF in Bomber Command. It re-equipped with Lancaster Mk.III bombers the same month, then Lancaster Mk.VI bombers in July. After the end of its bombing operations in April 1945 it was used for transport and food relief until disbanded at Downham Market on 1 September 1945.




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