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Wallace Angus Grayton McLeish

In memory of:

Wing Commander Wallace Angus Grayton McLeish

June 20, 1957


Montbrunn, France

Military Service


Service Number:

19982

Age:

42

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

440 All Weather (Fighter) Squadron

Citation(s):

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Cross, Canadian Forces Decoration, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, 1939-1945 Star, Operational Wings, Mention-in-Dispatches, Air Crew Europe Star, France and Germany Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Force Cross

Canadian Forces Decoration

Additional Information


Born:

April 27, 1915
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

September 16, 1940
Hamilton, Ontario

Son of Angus Gray and Mary (nee McTavish) McLeish of Hamilton, Ontario. Husband of Kathleen (nee Sclater) and father of John Alexander and Charles Campbell McLeish of Ancaster, Ontario. Brother of Duncan and John.

Commemorated on Page 86 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


Cemetery:

CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY
Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Grave Reference:

Section 5 Row C Grave 3

Location:

Choloy is a village and commune in the Department of the Meurthe-et-Moselle, 28 kilometres west of Nancy and some 5 kilometres west of Toul, a town on the N4 road from Paris to Nancy. The village is south of the River Moselle on the minor road (D11B) from Toul to the neighbouring village of Foug. The CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY is 3 kilometres west of Toul on the north side of the D11B road. The Choloy War Cemetery is the last resting place of casualties from the First and Second World Wars and is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is also the final resting place for many Royal Canadian Air Force members and their families who died while serving in Europe as part of 1 Air Division between 1953 and 1967 and other Service Members serving with NATO in Germany following Canada's departure from France.

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  • Photo of WALLACE ANGUS GRAYTON MCLEISH– 10 July 1944 - 428 RCAF Squadron - Wing Commander W.A.G. McLeish, DFC, (128 Grosvenor Ave) Hamilton, Ontario, commands the Ghost Squadron in the all Canadian 6 Bomber Group overseas. The squadron, which has been converting to Canadian-built Lancasters, has attacked a number of invasion targets and flying-bomb emplacements since D-Day.
  • Photo of WALLACE ANGUS GRAYTON MCLEISH– 10 July 1944 - W/C W.A.G. McLeish, DFC, of Hamilton Ontario, commanding 428 Ghost Squadron in the UK.
  • Group Photo– 10 July 1944 - 428 SQN These three Ghost Squadron fliers have reason to look proud and happy: they were all recently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by His Majesty the King. Left to right stand F/O M.W.Barnhart, Ottawa, Ontario (375 Second Ave.), navigator; W/C W.A.G.McLeish, (128 Grosvenor Ave.) Hamilton,Ontario, Squadron Commander; F/O W.W. Robson, Transcona, Manitoba, navigator.
  • Gravemarker– Photo by Malcolm Cromarty
  • Wing Commander Wallace Angus McLeish,DFC, AFC,CD– Wing Commander Wallace Angus McLeish,DFC,AFC,CD in service uniform

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