The son of Rev. James Forde and Elizabeth Leathley, Forde Leathley, of the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to 57 Squadron as an observer in 1917. He and his pilots scored eight victories. Lieutenant Leathley received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 5455 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Military School, Ruislip on 26 November 1917. Post-war, he retired from the Royal Air Force on 27 January 1925.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Forde Leathley, R. Innis. Fus. and
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in making photographic reconnaissances and in fighting enemy aircraft. Since April he has taken part in numerous combats, during which seven hostile machines have been driven down and destroyed either by him or his Pilot, and although attacked by superior numbers of the enemy, his skill and offensive spirit have enabled him to carry out photographic reconnaissances.