W.O. Leonard C Green
18.12.1921 to 02.03.2016
Len came from Walthamstow in London. At school he was a good student who won many prizes. Enjoying Footbal and Cricket amongst his pastimes.
In his youth he was member of the Air Training Corps and was part of the Walthamstow Wing.
When he left school he worked in the City of London for a stockbroker.
When war came, his father who had been injured in the First World War, advised him never to be in the trenches. So when he was old enough he volunteered for the Royal Air Force.
Upon joining up and following his basic training he trained as a wireless operator at No.4 Radio School at RAF Madley, Herefordhsire. Training at that time was done in Dominie and Proctor aircraft. Len was here from 15 December 1942 to 13 February 1943.
Following this he was sent to RAF Manby for a Wireless Operators "Emergency Gunnery Course". This was a ground gunnery course so no flying was involved. Completing that on 28 March 1943. By that time of course he was 1318521 Sergeant L C Green. From here he went to RAF Wigton in Scotland for further training as a Wireless Operator, this from 17 April 1943 to 29 April 1943, training on the Avro Anson.
Now it was on to 29 O.T.U at RAF Bitteswell, commencing his training there on 6 June 1943, subsequently moving to RAF Bruntingthorpe, where O.T.U training was completed on 4 August 1943. Flying in the Vickers Wellington it was around this time he crewed up with Sergeant Lundy, who was to be his pilot for operational duty.
Late August 1943 he arrived at RAF Swinderby to join 1660 Conversion Unit, once again flying several training flights with Sgt Lundy.
Early October he was then posted to 50 Squadron having crewed up with the now Pilot Officer Lundy.
The full crew being;
P/O D J Lundy
Sgt M Stevens
Sgt A E Jordan
Sgt W M Rundle
P/O A H Bignell
F/S F Wilding
Sgt L C Green
The early part of the month he flew several training flights and on the 18 October he saw his first mission, this was to Hanover, a night operation. Flying in Lancaster W5004.
3 November 1943 Lancaster (VN-Z) W4101. Night operation to Dusseldorf.
10 November 1943 Lancaster (VN-P) W5004. Night Operation to Modane (France).
18 November 1943 Lancaster (VN-P) W5004. Night Operation to Berlin.
22 November 1943 Lancaster (VN-P) W5004. Night Operation to Berlin. Returned early with Starbord engine Failure.
26 November 1943 Lancaster (VN-P) W5004. Night Operation to Berlin.
Put down at Leaconfield on return. Returning to Base on 28th.
2 Decmber 1943 Lancaster (VN-P) W5004. Night Operation to Berlin.
3 December 1943 Lancaster (VN-P) W5004. Night Operation to Leipzig.
20 December 1943 Lancaster (VN-P) W5004. Night Operation to Frankfurt.
29 December 1943 Lancaster (VN-Z) ME572. Night Operation to Berlin.
2 January 1944 Lancaster (VN-M) ME567. Night Operation to Berlin.
Put down at Lakenheath on return. Returned to base on 3 January.
14 January 1944 Lancaster (VN-P) LM437. Night Operation to Brunswick.
20 January 1944 Lancaster (VN-O) LM428. Night Operation to Berlin.
21 January 1944 Lancaster (VN-S) DV368. Night Operation to Magdeburg.
on 1 February 1944 Len was posted out to 53 Base, (RAF East Kirkby) the Squadron ORB says N.E. (sick) Non Effective.
Subsequently it was learnt that Len had caught Pneumonia and was out of action for nearly a year..
2 January 1945 saw him at No.5 Lancaster Finishing School where he joined up with a new crew and skipper F/Lt Phillips. He completed his time at 5 LFS on 7 February 1945 and was posted to 61 Squadron at RAF Skellingthorpe. He then commenced operations with this squadron.
19 February 1945 Lancaster (QR-U) Night Operation to Bohlen.
20 February 1945 Lancaster (QR-U) Night Operation to Gravenhorst.
Put down at Tangmere on return. Returned to base on 21 February.
14 March 1945 Lancaster (U) Night Operation to Lutzkendorf.
Put down at Oakington on return. Returned to base on 15 March.
16 March 1945 Lancaster (U) Night Operation to Wurzburg.
23 March 1945 Lancaster (QR-U) Night Operation to Wesel.
4 April 1945 Lancaster (QR-U) Daylight Operation to Nordhausen.
6 April 1945 Lancaster (QR-U) Night Operation to Molbis.
8 April 1945 Lancaster (QR-U) Night Operation to Lutzkendorf.
By now bombing operations had ceased but it was followed by other work
23 April 1945 Lancaster (QR-S) Jettison area. (Disposing of Bombs)
26 April 1945 Lancaster (QR-H). Base-Brussels-Westcott-Base (Picking up POW's)
6 May 1945 Lancaster (QR-Q). Operation Exodus.
12 May 1945 Lancaster (QR-Q). Operation Exodus
19 May 1945 Lancaster (QR-Q). Operation Exodus
At the end of May Len was posted out from 61 Squadron to 83 Squadron at Coningsby. Still flying with F/Lt Phillips and crew.
June 1945 consisted of normal practice flights, with a run on the 9 June to the jettison area.
17 July 1945 Lancaster (OL-H) This saw him carry out what he describes as a "Continental Tour" Base-Heligoland-Bremerhaven-Bremen-Hanover-Essen-Saarbrucken-Dortmund Emms Canal-Munster-Wesel. The "Europa was seen at Bremen. (See above photo).
9 September 1945 Lancaster (OL-C). Saw a run to Bari in Italy for Operation Dodge. Bringing troops back
16 September 1945 Lancaster (OL-M) Operation Dodge.
20 September 1945 Lancaster (OL-M) Operation Dodge.
16 October 1945 Lancaster (OL-M) Operation Dodge to Bari
20 October 1945 Lancaster (OL-M) Return from Bari.
14 December 1945 Lancaster (OL-Q) Operation Dodge to Italy.
He was then delayed in Italy from 14 December until 20 January 1946 because of Bad weather. Having spent Christmas in Italy.
20 January 1946 Lancaster (OL-Q) Operation Dodge return from Italy.
Flying was now over for Len and after being demobbed he returned to "Civvie" street and back to working in the city, but the paperwork seemed too dull after his experiences and he joined the Metropolitan police in 1949. It was around this time that he married his wife Gladys. Len worked in the Police for over 30 years, ending up as Traffic Officer. Again, the comraderie of the environment suited him. After retiring as a police officer, he worked as a civilian radio operator for a while before retiring completely in the early 80’s.
Len passed away on 2 March 2016. His funeral was at Walthamstow cemetery anda wreath was laid on behalf of the squadrons association.