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by: Red DragonPlt Off F N Leamon (RAAF) 332 Squadron RNoAF2017-04-16 00:37:09
Spitfire RK 884 (Yellow 2) of 332 Sqn Royal Air Force (Norwegian), took off at 1605 hours on 25 March 1945, as part of a squadron fighter sweep on Quackenbruck airfield, Germany. The airfield is about 40 miles north of Osnabruck. Nothing was sighted until the formations arrived at the airfield at 1648 hours. After dropping their tanks all three sections made a surprise attack and strafed the airfield where two enemy aircraft were observed.
Yellow 3 stayed at 6000 feet as he could not jettison his tank. Light flak was encountered. He saw Yellow 2 go in after Yellow 1. Yellow 2 was hit by ack-ack fire when pressing home the attack, and the aircraft hit the ground and exploded near the border of the airfield. Flames and thick black smoke were seen, and it was believed the pilot would have been killed. Yellow 3 circled the airfield a couple of times, but could only observe pieces of burning wreckage.
Although original German documents recorded that WO Leamon had been buried at Quackenbruck Cemetery, his grave and a large number of graves located there could not be identified. All RAAF and RAF members buried at Quackenbruck were subsequently re-interred in the British Military Cemetery at Rheinberg, and WO Leamon was recorded as having no known grave.
RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
NO KNOWN GRAVE.
Squadron Serial No. AH-J