Lionel Black

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron
Service number 948150
Died 3 September 1941
Buried Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France
Age 21

Headstone Inscription
‘LET NOT MY DEATH BE A VAIN THING; GOD, LET MY LAST BREATH BRING PEACE FOR EVER’


Lionel was born in 1920 in Birkenhead the son of Harry and Charlotte née Adams of Hoylake, Cheshire. Lionel’s father Harry was the President of the Birkenhead Hebrew Congregation where he ran a furniture dealership.

Lionel worked as a P.T. instructor on several liners and volunteered into the RAF when war broke out. Lionel’s sister Sylvia married Gerald Ralph and they had three children.

Wellington R1717 took off from RAF Stradishall on 3 September 1941 on a bombing mission to Frankfurt. The aircraft crashed into the sea off the French coast. All the crew perished and are buried at Dunkirk Town Cemetery.

Pilot, Reginald Hubert May, 60822
W/Op/AG, Lionel Black, 948150
A/G, Jesse Clemence Brakeman, R/68117
W/Op, Clifford Hambleton 955336
Nav, James Patrick McKay, R/58824
W/Op/AG, Leslie Whitehouse Price 981412