Graham, Robert Leslie

Date of birth:
September 14th, 1911 (Wallassey)
Date of death:
June 12th, 1953
Service number:
1576823 (NCO)/152308 (Officer)
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Leslie Graham was a British motorcycle road racer who competed in the 1930s and 1940s. He won the inaugural Grand Prix motorcycle racing 500 cc World Championship in 1949.
He served as a pilot in the RAF during World War II. He was assigned to No. 166 Squadron from 1940, flying Lancaster bombers over Germany. Afterwards, he flew with Transport Command, until he was demobilised in 1946.
Then he continued his racing career but was tragically killed when he lost control of his bike at high speed during the Senior TT on the Isle of Man in 1953.

? Leading Aircraftman
28 May, 1943: Pilot Officer on probation (emergency)
28 November, 1943: Flying Officer on Probation (war sub)
27 May, 1945: Flight Lieutenant (wasr sub)

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Flight Lieutenant
No. 166 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
December 8th, 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)