Heroic Leask

We have a hero with the name, his name is –
Kenneth Malice St.Clair Graeme Leask

Odd having a name Malice, eh? Anyway,

Rank: Captain

Service: Royal Flying Corps

Royal Air Force

Units: 41, 42, 84

Victories: 8

Born: 30 October 1896

Place of Birth: Southsea, Hampshire

Died: 24 April 1974

Malice Leask transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in May 1916. Having gained combat experience as a two-seater pilot, he joined 84 Squadron as flight commander. Returning to France in September 1917, Malice claimed eight enemy aircraft and flew more than 100 sorties. When the war ended, he remained in the Royal Air Force, later serving as Director General of the Air Ministry and attaining the rank of Air Vice-Marshal. Leask and his wife were killed in an automobile accident in 1974.


Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Oct 1917 1440 84 S.E.5a (B4874) 1 C (OOC) E of Roulers-Menin Road
2 21 Oct 1917 1500 84 S.E.5a (B4874) Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
3 31 Oct 1917 1540 84 S.E.5a (B579) Albatros D.V (OOC) Menin
4 30 Nov 1917 84 S.E.5a C (DES) SE of Bouzeaucourt
5 30 Jan 1918 1145 84 S.E.5a (B637) Albatros D.V (OOC) Villers Outreaux
6 06 Mar 1918 0940 84 S.E.5a (B637) Albatros D.V (DES) Renansart
7 18 Mar 1918 1130 84 S.E.5a (B637) Albatros D.V (OOC) Wassigny
8 23 Mar 1918 1655 84 S.E.5a (B637) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Ham

Military Cross

2nd Lt. (T. /Capt.) Kenneth Malise St. Clair Graeme Leask. Devon. R. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading offensive patrols against superior numbers of the enemy. His patrol twice engaged more than double their own numbers and drove the enemy back into their own lines. He drove down three enemy machines, which, were seen to be destroyed, and accounted for eleven in all. He showed splendid determination and initiative.

Military Supplement to the London Gazette, 24 August 1918 (30862/9914)

Military Cross and Bar
2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Kenneth Malise St. Clair Graeme Leask, M.C., Devon. R., and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He attacked a formation of five enemy scouts, one of which he destroyed. Later, he carried out a very valuable reconnaissance at a height of 100 feet in order to locate the enemy’s position. While thus engaged he observed a large column of enemy troops advancing along a road. He dived down to a height of about 30 feet and attacked and scattered them, and held up their advance for a considerable time. He has done splendid work in attacking enemy troops from a low altitude, showing great courage and determination under heavy fire.
(M.C. gazetted 26th March, 1918.)

Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 June 1918 (30761/7399)

I recently came across a letter authored by him in 1973 being offered for sale.

In February 2016 an RAF Anniversary Flight Commemorative Postcard signed by Graeme Leask was sold on eBay for £20.  Just for the record is was sold by olivedalsgatan” and the buyer was “7***a”.  Heres a pic grabbed from the screen.  The quality is a bit crummy but that’s down to the original photograph.

Leask Postcard

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