Information from Stephen Nickerson
P/O Leslie Sydney Ford. Ford was C.O. of the 403 when F/O Connacher went missing on the 16th of February 1943. Acting Wing Commander Hobson, however, was leading the 403 on Rodeo 170 at 1635 hours that day and F/O Connacher was flying as Red 4 in Hobson’s section. As Kenley Wing (402 and 403) climbed to 25,000 feet before steering for Dunkirk Connacher’s aircraft dropped out of formation and began a steady descent. F/L O’Leary called to the pilot but there was no reply. It was believed that F/O Connacher suffered a blackout during the wing’s climb due to a malfunction in the oxygen system. This occurred at mid-channel before the wing reached the French coast.
This is Greg’s grandfather.
This blog pays homage to everyone who appears in his photo albums and in his log book.
When I met Greg in September 2011, I told him we had to share his grandfather’s legacy. This is part of his legacy…
Hank Byrd died March 19, 1945. If he had not, he would have been posing for this group picture taken around March 25th, 1945.
This picture of 403 pilots was taken at Hornchurch in the summer of 1941. The C.O.at the time was S/L A. Lee-Knight. The man standing second row second from the right is P/O Leslie Sydney Ford.
You tell me…
Who remembers this pilot?
All except Mac made it back.
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