Leslie A. Wilkes
RAN (F 1633). Australian
Roster information listed for Leslie A. Wilkes
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Helen Moller||Steam merchant||Able Seaman (DEMS gunner)||5 Jun 1944||U-183|
Personal informationof Mandurah, Western Australia. Leslie A. Wilkes had survived the sinking of HMAS Canberra in August 1942. Leslie was asleep in his hammock slung between a ventilator and the bulwark abaft the bridge of Helen Moller when she was torpedoed. He found himself pinned to the deck by a pile of timber and a cargo hatch beam across his legs, but managed to free himself with a severly injured leg and then boarded the lifeboat that was located by Empire Confidence on 8 Jun, 1944.
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