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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Leslie MacLeod

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant John Leslie MacLeod

October 18, 1947

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


413 (Photographic) Squadron


Distinguished Flying Cross, Atlantic Star, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, 1939-45 Star, Operational Wings and Pilots Flying Badge.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information


April 24, 1919
Glen Norman, Ontario


February 9, 1942

Son of Donald Alexander and Blanche Louisa (née Baldy) MacLeod, of Cornwall, Ontario; husband of Dorothy Alice (née Veinet) MacLeod of Ottawa, Ontario. Brother of Duncan Rae, Donald Edgar and Marjorie Louise. Flight Lieutenant MacLeod is also commemorated on a cairn at Mount Glory near Rossland, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 2 of the In the Service of Canada (1947 - 2014) Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 4. Column 4.


The Ottawa Memorial stands on the north-eastern point of Green Island in the City of Ottawa. Overlooking the northern branch of the Twin Falls of the Rideau River, it commands a panoramic view of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond. The Memorial commemorates those of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United States of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A., and who have no known graves. The main feature of the Ottawa Memorial is a sculptured terrestrial globe in bronze, 3 metres in diameter, on a base formed by three bronze beavers rising from the centre of an ornamental pool. The globe, of open lattice-work corresponding to the lines of latitude and longitude, on which the land masses are super imposed in low relief, is crowned by the Air Forces emblem of a bronze eagle with outspread wings. Two curved screen walls faced in limestone, bearing cast bronze panels on which the names appear, face inwards towards the globe. They are placed slightly off centre to allow a clear view through the Ottawa Memorial from the central steps on Sussex Drive and from the wide pathway. Two Air Force crest exist in the paving between the screen walls. A dedicatory inscription, in English on one screen wall and in French on the other, is incised in the stonework between the bronze name panels, which reads as follows:
1939 - 1945
In honoured memory of the men and women of the air forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who gave their lives in Canada, in the United States of America and neighbouring lands and who have no known grave.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of JOHN LESLIE MACLEOD– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • The Ottawa Memorial
  • Inscription– Flight Lieutenant JOHN LESLIE MACLEOD is commemorated on this panel of the Ottawa Memorial.  Flying Officers BENJAMIN THOMAS COOK, GEORGES YVON LEBEL and ARTHUR GOLD ROBERTSON, Leading Aircraftman BLISS EUGENE STRADIE BOWMAN and WILLIAM HUGH  MOLYNEAUX and Corporal JAMES NOAH SABOURIN who are also commemorated on this panel were killed in the same plane crash.  According to information posted at this website for Flying Officer Cook, they were all members of the RCAF 413 (Photographic) Squadron posted to Penticton, British Columbia to take part in the Arial Photography Survey of Northern Canada.  On a return trip from Calgary Alberta where they had picked up supplies, their aircraft crashed into a mountain near Rossland BC, killing all the crew and two civilians.  The wreckage was found five years later and a cairn was erected there in their memory.
  • Dedicatory Inscription at the Ottawa Memorail– Dedicatory inscription at the Ottawa Memorial
  • Memorial– Inscription to the memory of Flight Lieutenant JOHN LESLIE MACLEOD on the family grave marker at St Andrew's United Church Cemetery, Dalhousie Mills, Ontario.

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