Harry Naiman

Navigator, 57 Squadron
Service number 1385433
Died 25 June 1943
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium
Age 23

Harry was born in October 1920 in Cardiff, Wales to Barnett and Bertha née Reznik and he had three sisters Fanny, Leah and Renee. Their father Barnett was born in Poland, and after marrying Bertha in 1909 in Mile End, London the family moved to Wales where Barnett worked as a cabinet maker. Barnett died in 1931 in Cardiff.

Harry was the navigator on Lancaster ED781 which departed RAF Scampton on an operation to Wuppertal. The aircraft was shot down by night fighter Hptm. Wilhelm Telge of Stab II./NJG1 and crashed north of Lantin between Juprelle and Liege killing six of the crew:
W/Op, William George Thomas Day, 1385312
Pilot, Stanley Fallows, 1239601
A/G, Raymond Brinley Simpson, 1101417
A/G, Francis John Maddock Steer, 624670
F/E, John Walter Sykes, 1078563

Ivor Hedley Lambdin, 1338290 POW, Stalag 357

‘He had completed twenty-nine runs over the Ruhr and had only one more to do before being grounded. He gave his life trying to save the rear-gunner who had been hit by flak. ‘One man came out alive; he was taken prisoner and afterwards visited the families of all the crew and told the story.’ Excerpt from ‘We Will Remember Them’ by Henry Morris & Martin Sugarman.

AJEX are currently submitting information to the CWGC to have Harry’s headstone changed from a cross to a Star of David.



Barnett & Bertha’s Marriage Certificate. East London Synagogue.