Mark Azouz DFC
Pilot, 196 Squadron
Service number 1398796
Died 21 Sep 1944
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands
‘HE DIED THAT HIS PEOPLE MIGHT LIVE’
Mark was born on 2 Jul 1922 at Portman Street in Glasgow, the son of Turkish born Raphael and Esta Gitel nee Schleifer who was born in Bury, Lancashire. Mark had one sister June-Cylia who was known as Celia and she married Ralph Brest.
Mark was awarded the DFC after events of the 2/3 Aug 1944. He was the pilot of Stirling Mk IV LK557 flying in Operation Horace over Brest, France. ‘In the run-in to the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The propeller and reduction gear of the starboard outer engine were shot away. The ailerons were damaged and other parts of the aircraft were struck by fragments of shell. Despite this, Warrant Officer Azouz successfully completed his mission and returned safely to base. This pilot has set a fine example of gallantry and devotion to duty’.
Mark’s log book and medals are held with the Jewish Military Museum, London at the Jewish Museum, Camden.
Mark’s family story and the events of his death can be found below.