65 Years Ago Today, Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory Is Killed

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  1. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    Nov 14th 2009 is the 65th anniversary of the death of Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory. He was the most senior of the RAF commanders to be killed in WW2.

    Trafford Leigh-Mallory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Death and Legacy

    In August 1944, with the Battle of Normandy almost over, Leigh-Mallory was appointed Air Commander-in-Chief of South East Asia Command (SEAC). But before he could take up his post he was killed en route to Burma when the aircraft he was travelling in crashed into the French Alps. All on board, including his wife, were killed. The subsequent Court of Inquiry found that the accident was a consequence of bad weather and might have been avoided if Leigh-Mallory had not insisted that the flight proceed in such poor conditions.

    Leigh-Mallory is buried, alongside his wife and 10 aircrew in Le Rivier d'Allemont, a little distance below the site of the tragic air crash. In 2004 the local commune opened a small but excellent museum about Leigh-Mallory and the crash to mark the 60th Anniversary of the accident and in memory of all who died."
     
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    Thanks for the brief memoriam. It reminds me that Werner Moelders might have averted his own death had he not insisted on continuing his flight back to Udet's funeral in terrible weather conditions and therefore survived to serve out his term as Fighter General instead of Adolf Galland.

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