Personnel Index - Detail

Name
BETTS
First Names
Leslie Robert
Rank
Pilot Officer
Service
RAF
Service Number
971815 (NCO) 115097 (Officer)
Crew Position
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Posting Details
Posted in 6/41 and out 7/42

 

Flew 17 operations with 49Sqn.

Killed on the 12th June 1943 whilst flying with 467Sqn (RAAF) against Düsseldorf.

F/L Betts is buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.



Photographed by Dom Howard.
 


 

Extract is from Bill Chorley's Bomber Command Losses
 

Earlier in the war Sgt Betts was involved in a crash landing......details shown below:

12/13 July, 1941; WILHELMSHAVEN/BREMEN:

Sgt Batchelor (AD910) and crew could not pin point Bremen nor Wilhelmshaven due to heavy flak and searchlights. They located Cuxhaven and bombed from 12,000ft; 2 bursts were seen in the docks area. 

On return, they encountered navigational problems and with petrol desperately low, the pilot made a forced landing 5 miles N/E of Pocklington.
Fortunately the crew survived unhurt but the aircraft was wrecked; the crash occurred at 07.45hrs.
All other 49 Squadron aircraft returned safely. 


AD910 (EA-Y)......(written off).
Sgt G S Batchelor Pilot (Unhurt)
Sgt H G Williams (Unhurt)
Sgt R J Calvert (Unhurt)
​Sgt L R Betts (Unhurt)