The Jews of the Royal Air Force
Welcome to the archive of the Jews who died serving in the Royal Air Force during WW2.
The website is an archive of the personnel who died serving in the many RAF commands including Fighter, Transport, Bomber, Coastal, Far East, Ferry and Middle East. Included are ground crew, WAAF’s, air crew, support crew and Special Operations Executive personnel.
These men and women are buried and commemorated all around the world including Burma, Canada, India, Sicily, Greece, Malta, Alamein, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Their deaths include those who died through enemy action, accidents, bombing raids, illness and in Prisoner of War camps.
The database for the archive was initially created using Henry Morris’s book ‘We will remember them,’ a record of the Jews who died in the Armed Forces 1939-1945, searching through W.R. Chorley’s Bomber Command and Losses series of books for Jewish names and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who provided details of those with a Magen David on their headstones. Assistance has been given by Martin Sugarman at AJEX, Stuart Rosenblatt at the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society and many other researchers who have kindly provided further information.
Genealogy has played a large part in searching for the young men and women who died serving by creating over 900 family trees. Families have been contacted and have kindly supplied details about their family member. The database now holds the names of over 900 men and women whose details are being added frequently to the website.
If your family has a relative who was Jewish and died serving in the RAF, during WW2 please contact us.
The aim of the archive is to record their biographies detailing backgrounds, schooling, jobs and family life before they died. Information about the cause of death and their final resting place is being added as the research continues.
Here are the stories of those men and women.
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The Jews of the RAF thrives off the knowledge submitted by the public, therefore, if you have any information about the Jewish personnel who died serving in the RAF please get in touch.
My brother Chaim of memories dear
Died in 1944 in his twenty first year
He was kind and gentle, a lovely friend
Who was to know how his life would end?
When the war started, he volunteered
To join 75 squadron, the brave and most feared
On his last mission his plane was shot down
The crew were posted missing for over a year
With the war at an end the sad news arrived
That four of the crew had not survived
Chaim was buried in one grave with his three comrades
In Gram churchyard, Jutland, Denmark
Three Christians and one Jew lying together in peace.
Written by Miriam Cohen, Hyman Kahler’s sister