Air Bomber/Special Operator, 101 Squadron
Service number 158600
Died 2 December 1943
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
‘HIS DEEDS AND THOUGHTS WILL EVER REMAIN TO US. MUM, DAD, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS’
Henry was born in 1921 in Mile End, London to Romanian born parents Herman and Esther née Goldenberg/Goldenbach. Herman and Esther were married in Mile End in 1908 and had five children. In 1911, Herman worked as a hosiery pedlar in a market selling the undergarments that Esther made at home. They lived at 66 Wellesley Street in Stepney, London and remained at the same address for over thirty years. In 1921, Herman was listed as an unemployed tailor’s machinist and by 1939 he was listed as a trouser machinist.
Henry was a member of Stepney Boy’s Club. He was known as ‘one of the finest all round members Stepney has ever known. As club captain he took part in almost every activity. It was due to a great extent of his efforts that the club was kept going in the dark days of autumn 1939 and again in those terrible days of late 1940. Keen activity is recorded in many departments: discussion, gym, boxing, music, drama and art.’
Henry was the Special Operator and air bomber on Lancaster LM363 which departed RAF Ludford Magna on a night operation to Berlin. The aircraft was shot down at Diepholz, near Bremen. The story of the crew of LM363 has been researched by Tony Smith of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides www.gbg-international.com and his article on pages 10-13 can be found below.