Leslie Marcus Tannen

Sergeant, 1669 H.C.U.
Service number 1891873
Died 05 Feb 1945
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 20

Leslie was born in April 1924 in Poplar, London to Polish father Joseph Tennenbaum who worked as a ladies tailor, and Rose nee Silverstone and he had two older sisters and two step siblings from his father’s first marriage.

Leslie enlisted in 1943 and trained as a wireless operator and air gunner.

Lancaster PB570 of 1669 Heavy Conversion Unit departed from RAF Langar to carry out a night cross country operational training flight. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. The route was Base – Basingstoke – Barnstaple – Bude – St Mary’s – Bardsey – Aberystwyth – Northampton – Base. It was later recorded that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea.

F/E, Sgt Gerald Frederick Arthur Clapton, 1605772
A/B, Sgt Henry William Nevil Drawbridge, 1804021
Nav, Sgt Roy Holmes, 1676657
R/G, Sgt Eric Durham Keeling, 1899507
W/Op, A/G, Sgt Leslie Marcus Tannen, 1891873
MUG, Sgt Peter Hadrian Voller, 3025347
Pilot, F/S Ian Albert West, RAAF, 427274