Maier Ben Himelstaub
Leading Aircraftmen, 2 B.F.T.S.
Service number 1383614
Died 13 February 1942
Buried Lancaster Cemetery, California
Maier was born on 17 Jul 1920 in Warsaw, Poland to Abram and Perla and he had a younger brother Israel who was born in 1933. Maier escaped from Poland to England and his family were interned in the Warsaw Ghetto. Further details on his father’s death and his mother and brothers survival will be available soon.
‘On 13 February 1942, No 2 B.F.T.S. experienced high winds and limited visibility due to snow flurries. Striding across the flight line and with head down British student M.B. Himelstaub walked into the propeller of a taxiing AT-6 and died instantly.’ Tom Killebrew: The Royal Airforce in American Skies.