Collection PR-284 - Leslie George Kellow collection

Flight officers in training on parade at South African Air Force training facility, Kimberley, So... Pilot Officer Leslie George Kellow Group portrait of flight officers at South African Air Force training facility, Kimberley, South ...

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Leslie George Kellow collection


  • 1918-1953 (Creation)

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2.5 cm. textual records -- 5 photographs

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Born in Saanich in 1918, Leslie (Lee) Kellow grew up with eight brothers and sisters in Cordova Bay. His parents, Alfred and Jessie Kellow, owned a small farm in the Sunnymead area. Leslie attended Royal Oak Elementary School, and graduated from Mount Douglas High School in 1936. In 1939, he enlisted with the Royal Air Force and left for training in England. For several years Leslie repaired Lancaster Bombers, then was sent for flight training at the South African Air Force training facility at Kimberley, South Africa. Assigned to the 49th Squadron in Lancashire, England he earned the rank of Pilot Officer. On March 30, 1944, Leslie Kellow died when his plane was shot down during a bombing mission over Nuremberg, Germany.


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Collection consists of items related to Leslie Kellow's World War II service: photographs, official correspondence and research material, and his letters from South Africa and England to his parents who lived on Burnside Road in Saanich.. Includes Leslie Kellow's birth certificate and high school graduation certificate.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number: 2017-019

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2018 Jan 12




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