Benjamin John Leader (1914-1942)

Benjamin John Leader b 1914 grave

Pilot Officer Benjamin John Leader was born in 1914 in LaMorna Cove, St Buryan, Cornwall, the son of Benjamin Eastlake Leader who lost his life in World War I and his wife Isabella Anderson. Benjamin’s father and grandfather, Benjamin Williams Leader, were highly regarded landscape artists. Benjamin joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Flight 1455, service number 116403. The flight was formed at RAF Tangmere, West Sussex in 1941, flying Turbinlite Douglas Boston and Douglas Havoc aircraft.

Benjamin died on 4 August 1942 when the Havoc I he was piloting dived into the ground just south of RAF Tangmere. He is buried at Bude Haven (St Michael) Churchyard and commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Benjamin John Leader b 1914

‘Unaccounted airmen 4-8-1942’, Royal Air Force Commands,, [accessed 3 Jul 2016].
‘No. 1455 Flight RAF’, Wikipedia,, [accessed 3 Jul 2016].

Image Citations:
‘Benjamin John Leader’, FindaGrave, contributed by mynwent,, [accessed 3 Jul 2016].
‘Douglas A-20G Havoc’, Wikimedia,, [accessed 3 Jul 2016].