Observer/Air Bomber, 114 (Hong Kong) Squadron
Service number 754442
Died 19 April 1941
Buried Middlesbrough (Linthorpe) Cemetery, North Yorkshire
‘DEEPLY MOURNED BY HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MAY HIS DEAR SOUL REST IN PEACE’
Leonard was the son of Simon and Hilda Fass of Hendon, London. Leonard’s father Simon originated from Poland and worked as a butcher in Hoxton. He died in 1938.
Leonard was the youngest of four children, Sidney, Mary and Percy. Sidney married Eva Hooberman and Percy married Lily Don. In 1939, Leonard was living with his widowed mother and siblings. The family ran a butchers shop and Leonard was working as an engineers fitter.
Leonard was the observer in Blenheim R3806 which took off from RAF Thornaby. The aircraft failed to gain height after leaving the ground and flew into trees on the edge of the airfield. This caused to swing to starboard and to crash into the next field. Unfortunately before the crew could get clear the bomb load exploded and killed all three airmen in the aircraft. It was thought that the aircraft had not reached flying speed when the pilot attempted to lift the aircraft off the ground.