Louis Harold Jacobs, DFC
Navigator, 1577 RDU Flight
Service number 147005
Died 26 Jan 1944
Buried Kirkee War Cemetery, India
‘IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR SON AND BROTHER. DEARLY LOVED BY ALL’
Louis was born in 1922 in Prestwich, Lancashire to Nathan and Henrietta nee Glass and had two older sisters Augusta and Vera. In 1939 the family were living at 100 Scholes Lane, Prestwich. Their father Nathan was a general draper and outfitter.
Louis enlisted in 1940 and was awarded a DFC in 1943 whilst serving in 158 Squadron.
Louis was the navigator on Halifax DK263 which was en route from Bombay with a full crew on board plus two ground crew, five passengers and 66 bags of mail. The strip at Kamptee (India), was only 600 yards long and F/Lt Middleton managed to land safely, but was not aware of the 80ft drop into a river bed at the end of strip. The Halifax struck a hole with its starboard wheel near the end of its landing run and cartwheeled into the river, landing on its back. Nine people were killed, but miraculously the remainder were all off the serious list in a few days.
AC1, 1229947, Frank George Denham
LAC, 1486840, Thomas Dunn
AC1, 1042402, William Hetherington
F/E, 1407023 Herbert Ingram
Nav, Louis Harold Jacobs DFC
AC1, 1296660 Sidney Norman Nott
A/B, 155085 Patrick O’Grady
LAC, 1496473 Colin Redman
A/G, 1455330 Irvine Storr
They are all buried in a collective grave 4. H.1-9.