MELHADO – Leslie Stanhope

Initials: L S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 44 Sqdn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 06/06/1942
Service No: 1384447
Additional information: Son of Cyril and Ivy Melhado; husband of Lorna Melhado, of Halfway Tree, St. Andrews, Jamaica.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 1. Row B. Grave 6.

Lancaster R5516 – Flak and night fighter – crashed into North Sea W off Egmond aan Zee (Netherlands). Melhado’s body was washed ashore 28/06/1942 near Schoorl and initially buried 15/07/1942 as an unknown airman; identified post war. (Chorley’s Bomber Command Losses Vol. 3 , page 118).


3 additions to “MELHADO – Leslie Stanhope”

  1. Andreas Wachtel adds:

    Dear Sir,

    I can add this:

    Crashtime: 01:50 h local time

    Cause: 2.Flak Abteilung 201

    Code: KM-F

    Great webside!

    Best wishes,

    Andreas Wachtel, Germany

  2. Jan Nieuwenhuis adds:

    The body of Leslie Stanhope Melhado was washed ashore on 12/07/1942…
    On the mentioned 28/06/1942, the body of Roger Mortlock Ranson (the pilot) was washed ashore near Callantsoog (Holland).

    Greetings from Holland,

  3. S. Steketee adds:

    I’ve been to Bergen General Cemetery often and paid my respects to the men that are buried there.
    Although each and every one of them deserve to be remembered, 2 graves had my special attention.
    Leslie Stanhope Melhado and Sam Feinstein.
    I lit a Jahrzeit candle on their graves every year.

    I’ve met Leslie’s sister in Jamaica and she gave me a photo of
    him in uniform.

    Eventhough I’ve moved to the otherside of the country, I still
    light a candle for Leslie, Sam and the other heroes that gave
    their lifes for us

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