Bernard Leete

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Bernard Leete
Born Bernard More Troughton Shute Leete
(1898-10-08)8 October 1898
Claygate, Surrey, England
Died 1978
Stanmore, Middlesex, England

RAF Pilot,

Directorate of Civil Aviation in India
Known for First flight from England to India in a light aircraft

Bernard More Troughton Shute Leete OBE AFC (8 October 1898 – 1978) was an English aviator in the 1930s. He was an aviation pioneer and was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his achievements.

England to India[edit]

In November 1926, Bernard Leete accompanied fellow aviation pioneer and air racer T.N. Stack made an attempt to reach Karachi (located in India at the time) in a De Havilland DH.60. They both reached their objective in June 1927 and he was awarded an AFC for his achievements.

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 3 June 1927 Bernard More Troughton Shute Leete a Flying Officer in the Reserve of Air Force Officers is awarded the Air Force Cross "in recognition of the distinguished service rendered to aviation by his recent flight in a light aeroplane from London to Delhi"[1]
  • 1 January 1942 Bernard More Troughton Shute Leete a technical officer of the Civil Aviation Directorate of the Government of India is appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 33280". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1927. p. 3620. 
  2. ^ "No. 35399". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1942. p. 23.