In memory of
Henry Wallace McLeod DSO DFC & bar
who died on 27 Sep 1944
|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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|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.|
|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.)|
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