CRASH OF A ROYAL NAVY SEAFIRE MK XV
POSSIBLE NEAR ROYAL NAVAL AIR STATION SCHOFIELDS, NSW
ON 29 NOVEMBER 1945

 

Sub-Lieutenant Leslie John Norton RNVR of 801 Squadron from Royal Naval Air Station Schofields in New South Wales was killed on 29 November 1945 when his Seafire MK XV disintegrated in a dive possible somewhere near RNAS Schofields. He had been attached to HMS Implacable, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.

He had previously been a Flying Officer in the RAAF with Service No. 432248. He enlisted in the RAAF on 5 December 1942 in Sydney and was discharged on 16 June 1945 to join the RANVR. There is also an entry for him as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy. He enlisted in the RAN on 17 June 1945.

He was buried in the Sydney War Cemetery Rookwood in Plot D, Row D, Grave 15 on Saturday 1 December 1945 after a service at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) Chapel.

 

Flying Officer Leslie John Norton RAAF 432248

 

REFERENCES

"The MONAB Story - A history of the mobile airfields of the Royal Navy"

 

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