William Eric Leake (1914 - 1944)

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William Eric Leake
1914 - 1944
July 18, 1914
Southall, Middlesex County, England United Kingdom
August 13, 1944
Gironde estuary in Nouvelle-Aquitaine France
William Eric Leake was born on July 18, 1914 in Southall, England United Kingdom. He died on August 13, 1944 at Gironde estuary, Nouvelle-Aquitaine at 30 years old.
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William Leake was born on in Southall, Middlesex County, England United Kingdom
William Leake died on at Gironde estuary in Nouvelle-Aquitaine France
Killed in action when his Bristol Beaufighter LZ295 was shot down by flak in the Gironde Estuary, France
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August 24, 1944
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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Service number: 1602731 Rank: Flight Sergeant Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit/ship/squadron: 404 (r.c.a.f.) Sqdn

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William Eric Leake died on August 13, 1944 at Gironde estuary, Nouvelle-Aquitaine at 30 years of age. He was buried in Cimetiere Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, New Aquitaine France. He was born on July 18, 1914 in Southall, England United Kingdom. We have no information about William's surviving family.

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In 1914, in the year that William Eric Leake was born, in only his second big-screen appearance, Charlie Chaplin played the Little Tramp, his most famous character. The silent film was made in January and released the following year. Of the character, Chaplin said: "On the way to the wardrobe I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. I wanted everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large." The moustache was added to age his 24-year-old face without masking his expressions.

In 1923, when he was only 9 years old, on August 2nd, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States due to the sudden death of Warren G. Harding. After the scandals of the Harding presidency, Coolidge restored public confidence and was very popular. He won the Presidential election in 1924 but declined to run again in 1928.

In 1926, he was only 12 years old when on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1935, William was 21 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1944, in the year of William Eric Leake's passing, on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

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