Maurice Benjamin 

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron
Service number 1671182
Died 12 September 1944
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 21

Maurice was born in 1923 in Mile End, London the son of Benjamin and Jane née Raymond and was one of ten children. After leaving school Maurice worked as a sewing machine mechanic. Maurice’s father Benjamin also served in the RAF as a corporal in 909 Balloon Squadron.

Aged 21, Maurice married Frances Williamson in Newark in April 1944 five months before he was killed.

Maurice was the wireless operator/air gunner on Lancaster PB535 which departed from RAF Dunholme Lodge on a night operation to Darmstadt. The aircraft crashed at 01.30 on the 12 Sept 1944 near Roxheim a small town 6 km south of Worms killing all the crew.

Nav, Terence Lansdowne Awcock, RAAF, 406988
A/G, Henry John Conquest, RAAF, 429450
A/G, Ivan Patrick Hourigan, RAAF, 410668
Pilot, Donald Stephen Lade, RAAF, 418130
A/B, Joseph Archibald Wilson McCallum, DFC, 173828
F/E, Thomas Starkie, 548376

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