Alfred Leder

Leading Aircraftman, 37 Service Flying Training School
Service number 1397463
Died 7 Jan 1943
Buried Calgary Jewish Cemetery
Age 25

Headstone Inscription

Alfred was born on 16 May 1917 in Heinrich-Beck-Strauss 53, Chemnitz, Germany to David and Leah nee Bernstein. David was a well-known Jewish merchant and art collector in the city. When the Nazis were in power, Alfred emigrated firstly in 1934 to Palestine, and then in 1938 to England. In 1939 Alfred and his parents were living at 45 Christchurch Avenue, Willesden and David is listed as a refugee with no occupation. After the beginning of World War II, Alfred decided to actively fight against Hitler fascism and in 1941 enlisted in the Royal Air Force.

Alfred was on board Harvard AJ953 which was on a training flight over Canada. The aircraft was destroyed in a mid-air collision with Harvard AJ912 killing all crew.  

A Stolperstein was laid outside the former family home in Chemnitz in 2015.

Stolperstein (stumbling stone) outside the former family home at Heinrich-Beck-Strauss 53, Chemnitz, Germany