The son of John W. and Agnes A. Leacroft, John Leacroft first flew as an observer with 14
Squadron in Egypt. After flight training, he was assigned to 19 Squadron and sent to
France. During 1917, he scored fourteen victories flying the SPAD XIII. In 1918, Leacroft scored
another eight victories when his squadron was the first to receive the new Sopwith Dolphin. Although he was
shot down twice, he survived the war and retired from the Royal Air Force in 1937 as a
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. John Leacroft, Genl. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion he flew at a very low altitude in extremely bad weather and successfully engaged enemy troops with machine-gun fire, and on another occasion carried out a most valuable reconnaissance and engaged enemy troops from a height of 100 feet. He destroyed two hostile machines, and has proved himself a courageous and determined pilot.