David Glassman

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 51 Squadron
Service number 1382321
Died 12 June 1943
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 22

David was born in 1920 in Whitechapel, London to Mark and Rachel née Harris. David’s grandparents Lazarus and Deborah were born in Lithuania and became naturalised British citizens in 1910. They had ten children and one son Daniel, David’s uncle was killed aged nineteen in WW1. He is buried at The Bluff, Belgium.

David married Queenie Wecksler in 1942 and their son Daniel was born six months after David was killed.

David was a wireless operator/air gunner on Halifax HR788 which departed from RAF Snaith on a night operation to Dusseldorf. The aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberfeldwebel Reinhard Kollak of the 7./NJG 4 and crashed into the Oosterschelde, southwest of Scherpenisse, Zeeland. David’s body was never found.

The crew:
Pilot, F/Sgt. J.J. Anderson 656484, buried Bergen op Zoom
F/E, Sgt. G. Luff 632404, Runnymede Memorial
Nav, Sgt. A.R. Helliwell 1098278, buried Vlissingen
B/A, Sgt. A.E. Brodie 658031, buried Bergen op Zoom
W/Op A/G, Sgt. D. Glassman 1382321, Runnymede Memorial
A/G, Sgt. G.E. Evans, RCAF, 1473151, buried Bergen op zoom
A/G, Sgt. F.J. Biddle 1266090, buried Vlissingen

Courtesy of David’s son Danny Sheffer