Bence, Leonard Pendrell (Flying Officer, b.1923)

Accession Number AWM2016.333.1
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 2.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1; Oversize: 1
Object type Log book
Maker Bence, Leonard Pendrell
Commonwealth of Australia
Place made Australia, United Kingdom
Date made 1942-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of 422915 Sergeant Leonard Pendrell Bence, No. 106 Squadron, Australia and the United Kingdom, 1942-1945.

Collection consists of one regulation issue flying log book, as well as two enclosed flight mission maps with hand written annotations. Bence's logbook covers his initial flight training with No.1 Elementary Flight Training School in Parafield, South Australia through to his transfer to the RAF and missions undertaken from England.

The maps in the collection are labelled as follows:
- Harburg to Port of Hamburg, 11/11/1944
- Rositz

These maps were used by Bence during his career as a Bomber Command pilot and were kept in his right flying boot while on missions. Bence was involved in 30 night flights over Germany with No. 106 Squadron out of Metheringham, Lincolnshire.

History / Summary

Leonard Pendrell Bence went on to become an artist after the war, opening a gallery in the town of Burra in South Australia. He is well known for his watercolour work featuring buildings and landscapes from the local region.