In memory of

Squadron Leader

Henry Wallace McLeod DSO DFC & bar

who died on 27 Sep 1944

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Service details
  Conflict WWII
  Service RCAF
  Unit No. 443 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
  Rank Squadron Leader
  Service number J4912
  Date of death 19440927
  Cause of death killed in action
  Decorations Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Flyung Cross with bar
Narrative history
  J4912 Squadron Leader (No. 443 Hornet Squadron RCAF pilot) Henry Wallace (Wally) McLeod DSO DFC & bar (b.1915) of Regina was KIA 19440927 and is buried at Rheinberg war cemetery north of Duisberg, Germany. McLeod's Spitfire was on patrol in the Einhoven area and was last seen when the squadron attacked an enemy aircraft. McLeod received his DFC and bar for shooting down a dozen enemy aircraft during the defence of Malta, and finished the war as the RCAF's top scoring ace, credited with 21 kills. He was the son of James Archibald, a school inspector, and Hannah Elizabeth (Morris) McLeod. Wally was born at Regina, educated at Estevan, Central collegiate and Balfour Tech, and taught at Scout Hill school for a year. He was a theatre owner and itinerant motion picture exhibitor when he enlisted at Regina in 1940. Regina's McLeod St. has been named in his honour.

Distinguished Flying Cross citation (1942):
In September 1942, this officer participated in an engagement against at least 20 Messerschmitt 109s. Despite the odds, Flight Lieutenant McLeod so skilfully led his section during the combat that the enemy force was completely broken up. This officer has always displayed greatest determination to engage the enemy and has destroyed at least five and damaged a number of other hostile aircraft. His leadership has been most inspiring.

Bar to DFC citation (1943):
One day in October 1942, this officer took part in an attack on a formation of six Junkers 88 and shot two of them down. Although his aircraft was damaged in the combat, he led his section in an attack on another formation of nine enemy bombers. Afterwards, he skilfully flew his damaged aircraft to base. During a period of five days Flight Lieutenant McLeod destroyed five enemy aircraft in the defence of Malta. A gallant fighter, this officer has destroyed twelve and damaged many more enemy aircraft.

Distinguished Service Order citation (1944):
This officer continues to display the highest standard of courage and resolution in air operations. He is an exceptional leader and a relentless fighter whose achievements are worthy of the highest praise. He has destroyed seventeen enemy aircraft.
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Memorial information
  Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration 159 - Sherwood
  Cemetery or memorial location Rheinberg war cemetery, Duisberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany    

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  Honour roll location(s) Regina
  Geo-memorial McLeod Creek, Saskatchewan     
  Geo-memorial location 57.7333°N / 105.0333°W
  Geo-memorial NTS map reference 74H11
  Geo-memorial details Flows northeast to May Creek.
Personal information
  Date of birth 19151217
  Place of birth Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Date of enlistment 19400902
  Place of enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Residence on enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Occupation theatre owner
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