Henry McLeod was born on December 17th, 1915 as the son to James Archibald McLeod and Hannah Elizabeth (Morris) McLeod.
He began his military career in 1928, serving with the 5th Saskatchewan Regiment and Regina Rifle Regiment until 1934. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on September 2nd, 1940. He graduated from training as a fighter pilot on April 1st, 1941 and arrived in Great Britain on May 9th, 1941, attending 57 OTU. McLeod then joined No. 132 Squadron but was moved quite a bit to other units also after his postiing to Malta which was in early June 1942. When in the October 'Blitz' on Malta ended he had become one of the island's top-scorers and left for the UK. He was then taken off duties because the war had put severe strain on him and was posted back to Canada, serving as an instructor. In January 1944 he set sail again for the UK and took command of No. 433 Squadron and became verey succesful during the invasion of Normandy by which time he was the RCAF top-scorer.
On September 27th, 1944, McLeod was leading his squadron on a patrol with the squadron of Johnnie Johnson over Nijmegen, Netherlands. During the action McLeod went missing. Johnson made repeated calls over the R/T, but McLeod did not answer. Debriefing showed that one of the pilots had seen McLeod chasing after a lone Messerschmitt.
After the war, McLeod was discovered dead in the wreckage of his Spitfire IX "NH 245", in the outskirts of Wesel, near Duisburg, just inside the German border. He was credited with 21 destroyed enemy aircraft.
1931: Signalling Sergeant;
May 1941: Pilot Officer;
1941: Flying Officer;
August 1942: Flight Lieutenant;
January 1944: Squadron Leader.
1928 - 1931: 5th Saskatchewan Regiment;
1931 - 1934: Regina Rifle Regiment;
1934 - 1935: Teacher;
1936 - 1937: Salesman;
1937 - 1940: Motion Picture Projectionist;
September 2nd, 1940: RCAF Regina;
? - November 27th, 1940: No. 2 Initial Training School;
? - January 16th, 1941: No. 6 Elementery Flying Training School;
? - April 1st, 1941: No. 1 Service Flying Training School;
June 9th, 1941: No. 57 Operational Training Unit;
July 21st, 1941: No. 132 Squadron;
August 28th, 1941: No. 485 Squadron;
December 2nd, 1941: No. 602 Squadron;
December 23rd, 1941 - May 5th, 1942: No. 411 Squadron;
June 2nd, 1942: No. 603 Squadron;
23 juli 1942: No. 1435 Squadron;
March 12th, 1943: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, Bagotville;
January 12th, 1944: Commanding Officer No. 127 Squadron;
January 13th, 1944: "Y" Depot;
February 13th, 1944 - September 27th, 1944: Commanding Officer No. 433 Squadron.
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