The Death of Leslie Howard – Shot Down Over the Bay of Biscay on 1 June 1943

Posted on May 31st, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 1 June 1943, the plane carrying the English actor, Leslie Howard, was shot down by the Luftwaffe over the Bay of Biscay.

To commemorate the day, here is a newspaper story – published just two days after the event – that reports on this very sad loss.

Historical rumour has it that the Nazis thought the plane was actually carrying Winston Churchill.

historical newspaper story about the death of leslie howard

Aberdeen Journal – Thursday 03 June 1943

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000578/19430603/009/0001

historical newspaper story about the death of leslie howard

Aberdeen Journal – Thursday 03 June 1943

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000578/19430603/009/0001

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  • Ginevra Di Verduno

    Thanks for remembering an actor of rare quality and a man of intellectual stature

    • The British Newspaper Archive

      Glad you liked it, Ginerva. Yes, Leslie Howard carried out a lot of good deeds in his life – so he’s definitely one to be fondly remembered. Regards, Grant.

  • R.I.P.

    R.I.P.