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7295: Leonard M. Rochford

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posted on 2024-01-12, 12:10 authored by Lest We Forget Project Team

Leonard M. Rochford was born on the 10th November 1896. He had been interested in flying from a young age, and learned to fly so that he could join the air force, which he did in 1915. He saw action on the Western Front in France. He logged 803 flying hours and was the 13th highest scorer in flying aces, shooting down 29 enemy aircraft. His name was put forward as shooting down the 'Red Baron', Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, but he denied this.

Leonard went on to serve in the Second World War. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross (his medals are in a museum). He died in December 1986.

History

Name of contributor(s)

Tom Rochford, paternal grandson

Subject of the story/individual the object(s) relate to

Leonard M. Rochford

Date(s) the event(s) in the story took place

1915-1919

Location(s) where the event(s) in the story took place

Western Front

Object(s)

'I Choose the Sky' - a book written by Leonard. Also pilot's log, cap badge and newspaper cuttings.

Community Collection Day

King's High School, Warwick (08/06/18)

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