Personnel Index - Detail

Name
NORMAN
First Names
Leonard Charles
Nationality
British
Rank
Airman First Class
Service
RAF
Crew Position
Observer
Posting Details
25/04/18
Age
20
Date of Death
30/05/1918
Cemetery

 

Aircraft DH 9 serial D462 broke up in the (12,000ft) on ops to Roziers on 30/5/18. It is unknown if a result of collision or shell fire. Sadly Pilot Lt R.H.B. Stevens and Observer Private First Class L.C. Norman were killed.
 

Photographed by Graham Glover
 

Photographed by Graham Glover
 

Information received from Peter L Norman (whose father's elder brother was Leonard Charles Norman):

The official casualty lists give his death as 30th May 1918 having joined 49Sqn on the 25th of April.

Unfortunately I have no photograph of Leonard but the photograph (shown below) of the football team has a player (second from the left back row) who has the characteristics of my paternal grandmother's family to a marked degree.
If the picture was taken in 1919 then the theory goes out of the window!
 

49Sqn Association

Finally, he seems to have been the squadron artist. I believe his watercolours of glamorous ladies decorated the Airmen's mess.
 

Image courtesy of Peter Leonard Norman
 

Image courtesy of Peter Leonard Norman
 

Image courtesy of Peter Leonard Norman
 

Images courtesy of Peter Leonard Norman