Cyril Anekstein, DFC

Pilot, 7 Squadron
Service number 87066
Died 31 August 1943
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery
Age 27

Headstone Inscription
‘MARK THE MAN OF INTEGRITY AND BEHOLD THE UPRIGHT”
>>>PSALM 37′


Cyril was the son of Simon and Dora née Gilbert of Sussex.

Cyril was born in 1916, at St Olave, London. His father Simon was Polish born and was a minister-reader at Holland Road Synagogue in Hove.

Cyril trained as a lawyer before the war and enlisted in September 1939, as an aircraftman and obtained his commission in October 1940.

Cyril was the pilot of Lancaster JA936 which took off from RAF Oakington on a night operation to Mönchengladbach. The aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed in the target area.

Cyril was known as a “captain of all sports”, to the extent that in the 1950’s the Maccabi Cyril Anekstein Cup was created in tribute and is still awarded in the Maccabi football league.


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