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William Eric Leake (1914 - 1944)

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William Eric Leake
1914 - 1944
Born
July 18, 1914
Southall, Middlesex County, England, United Kingdom
Death
August 13, 1944
Gironde estuary in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Summary
William Eric Leake was born on July 18, 1914 in Southall, Middlesex County, England United Kingdom, and died at age 30 years old on August 13, 1944 at Gironde estuary in Nouvelle-Aquitaine France. William Leake was buried on August 24, 1944 at Cimetiere Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré 17580 Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, in Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, Charente-Maritime County, New Aquitaine. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember William Eric Leake.
Updated: August 24, 2021
Biography ID: 164403059

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July 18, 1914
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Southall, Middlesex County, England United Kingdom
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Service number: 1602731 Rank: Flight Sergeant Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit/ship/squadron: 404 (r.c.a.f.) Sqdn
August 13, 1944
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Killed in action when his Bristol Beaufighter LZ295 was shot down by flak in the Gironde Estuary, France
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Gironde estuary in Nouvelle-Aquitaine France
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August 24, 1944
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Cimetiere Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré 17580 Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, in Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, Charente-Maritime County, New Aquitaine France
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William Leake passed away at age 30 years old on August 13, 1944 at Gironde estuary in Nouvelle-Aquitaine France, and was buried on August 24, 1944 at Cimetiere Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré 17580 Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, in Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, Charente-Maritime County, New Aquitaine. William Eric Leake was born on July 18, 1914 in Southall, Middlesex County, England United Kingdom. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember William Eric Leake.

Average Age & Life Expectancy

William Eric Leake lived 40 years shorter than the average Leake family member when he died at the age of 30.
The average age of a Leake family member is 70.
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1914 - 1944 World Events

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In 1914, in the year that William Eric Leake was born, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

In 1926, William was merely 12 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1927, when he was only 13 years old, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1938, he was 24 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1944, in the year of William Eric Leake's passing, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

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