Leslie Henry Hillelson

Pilot, 13 OTU
Service number 745287
Died 21 October 1940
Buried Grimsby Hebrew Congregation Cemetery
Age 26

Leslie was born on 28 February 1914 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire to Solomon and Henrietta née Friend and he had two older siblings, Cyril and Gertrude. Their father Solomon worked as a pawnbroker and died in 1935. Leslie attended Sir Moses Montefiore Synagogue and was a pupil at Clee Grammar School. He is commemorated on memorials at both the synagogue and school.

Leslie enlisted into the RAF as a pilot in 1937 and in 1939 he was living at 175 Gloucester Place, St Marylebone.

Leslie was the pilot of Blenheim L8871 which departed RAF Weston on the Green on a day training exercise. One engine cut out causing the aircraft to swing out of control and crash. All three crew were killed when the aircraft caught fire.

W/Op, William Alfred Dismore, 652610

U/T Observer, James Francis Ferguson Kerr, 748075

Memorial at Sir Moses Montefiore Synagogue