Leslie Israel Alter
Observer, 19 OTU
Service number 126504
Died 3 September 1942
Buried Willesden Jewish Cemetery
Leslie was born on 28 December 1910 in Hackney, London to Sydney and Amelia née Silverman and he had two brothers Gerald and Leonard. Their father Sydney ran a mantel and costume company. Leslie trained as a pharmaceutical chemist and ran a chemist in Southgate, London with his brother Gerald as the manager.
He married Renee Silverberg in 1936 in Hackney and their son Anthony was born the following year. In 1939 the family were living at 66 Grovelands Road, Southgate with Leslie’s father and brothers.
Leslie was the observer on Whitley Z6760 which departed from RAF Forres in Morayshire, Scotland on a cross country training exercise. The aircraft had climbed to about forty feet when the engine cut out. The aircraft banked to port before hitting a raised bank and burst into flames killing all onboard.
A/G, John Davidson Frost, 1347905
Pilot, Robert Joseph Pollock, RCAF, R/107334
W/Op, Thomas Vaughan Robinson, 1065232
A/B, Aubrey Francis Rooke, 1130712
THE CWGC ARE APPEALING FOR RELATIVES OF LESLIE TO CONTACT THEM AS HIS HEADSTONE IS NOW BEING REPLACED.