Episode 30

The Tragic Death of Leslie Howard

The Tragic Death of Leslie Howard

Season: 4 Episode: 30

He starred in one of the most successful movies of all-time and was a world-famous actor.

But Leslie Howard’s glittering career and complex personal life was cut tragically short when he was lost in a mysterious plane crash aged 50, the victim of a suspected Nazi anti-spy attack during WWII. The story only gets more shadowy from there…


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The Guardian 4 June 1943

Obituary Variety, 9 June 1943.

"Notice of Change of Name by Deed Poll" in The London Gazette, Issue 31809 dated 5 March 1920

Aberdeen Press and Journal - Thursday 03 June 1943

The National Archives, London: Leslie Howard's WW1 British Army service file, document order code WO 374/65089, published on 'The Great War Forum.org' website, 4 November 2005.

"Leslie H. Steiner = Ruth E. Martin." GRO Register of Marriages: Colchester, March 1916, 4a 1430.The tragic death of


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Hello there! My name is Alice and this is The Backtracker History Show Podcast where I ask you to join me on a meander down through the archives to find out more about the people, places and events from the past.

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