Harold Alan Devon

Air Bomber, 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron
Service number 136397
Died 31 March 1944
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany
Age 20

Hyman Harold Devan was born on 29 June 1923 at 18 Honiton Road, Kilburn to Solomon (Sidney) Devan and Hetty (Esther) Arbiter and was an only child. By 1926, the family had started to use the surname of Devon and when Harold enlisted he used the name Harold Alan Devon. From 1926, the family lived at 155 Amhurst Road, Hackney and in the 1939 Register Sidney was listed as a master tailor and Harold an insurance accountant.

Harold enlisted in 1940 and was based at RAF Syerston and after training as an air bomber he served in 44 Squadron from RAF Dunholme Lodge. Harold met WAAF Marjorie Roe and they were married in Newark, Nottinghamshire forty-seven days before he was killed.

Lancaster ME629 departed RAF Dunholme Lodge at 2210 hrs detailed to attack targets in Nurnberg. The aircraft was intercepted outbound and shot down with the aircraft crashing at Lautenhausen, Germany killing all the crew.

Harold is remembered on his father’s grave at East Ham Jewish Cemetery. Courtesy of Stanley Kaye
Harold had a Cross on his headstone in error. The CWGC on 6 June 2023 have agreed to change his headstone to a Star of David