Leslie Douglas JACKSON, ,Squadron Leader,No.75 Squadron,RAAF,D.F.C.

Male 1917 - 1980  (62 years)


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  • Name Leslie Douglas JACKSON 
    Suffix ,Squadron Leader,No.75 Squadron,RAAF,D.F.C. 
    Born 24 Feb 1917  Newmarket, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Feb 1980  Southport, Queensland , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: cerebral haemorrhage 
    Person ID I23586  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2022 

    Father William James JACKSON,   d. 1935, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Edith Annie GRAYSON,   b. 1884, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1955, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1 Apr 1907  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4896  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cynthia Mary COBB, ,Nee Molle.,   b. 1920,   d. 1974  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1947  St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Southport, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cynthia was a widow when she married Leslie.They had three sons
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F4897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • On leaving school, Leslie worked briefly in the family business, J. Jackson & Co. Pty Ltd, before purchasing a garage and service station at Surat. He, too, became a pilot. Enlisting in the R.A.A.F. on 6 November 1939, he was commissioned in February 1940 and served with units in Darwin, Singapore and Brisbane. On 28 March 1942 he joined No.75 Squadron. In the defence of Port Moresby he was credited with destroying four enemy fighters and damaging two bombers. Leslie succeeded his brother in command on 29 April. In the battle of Milne Bay (August-September) the Kittyhawks of No.75 and No.76 squadrons played a decisive part in defeating a Japanese invasion force that had been sent with inadequate air support. Jackson accounted for one enemy fighter and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

      After leaving the squadron in January 1943, he held staff appointments in Australia. Between December 1943 and November 1944 he led No.78 Wing (as acting wing commander from September 1944) in operations in New Guinea, New Britain and the Netherlands New Guinea. He was awarded a Bar to his D.F.C. for 'determined and successful attacks on enemy installations and shipping'. Having performed instructional duties in New South Wales, he commanded Air Defence Headquarters, Madang, New Guinea, from June 1945. He was demobilized on 8 February 1946 in Brisbane.

      Ref:Australian Dictionary of Biography.


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