James Campbell McLeish, Distinguished Flying Cross – age 24 – Pilot Officer/Wireless Operator (170615) 97 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James was commissioned from Flight Sergeant (995665) in December 1943 and was awarded a DFC. His Lancaster bomber took off from RAF Bourn in Cambridgeshire for a raid on Stuttgart but crashed at Zilhausen. He was buried in Balingen Cemetery but was re-interred at Durnbach in August 1948. (Source: London Gazette 18/2/1944 p.894 & 30/5/1944 p.2536, aircrewremembered.com and CWGC)
Born 1920 in Dennistoun, Glasgow. (Source: SNWM and GRoS – Birth Register)
Son of James and Lillias McLeish, of 23 Liberton Street, Riddrie,Glasgow E1.
(Source: CWGC and the Glasgow WW2 Roll of Honour)
Killed in Action on 15 March 1944.
Commonwealth War Grave – Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.