Sidney David Bolton

Navigator, 49 Squadron
Service number 1890153
Died 21 November 1944
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
Age 20

Headstone Inscription
‘DEEPLY MOURNED BY HIS SORROWING PARENTS, SISTER, RELATIVES, AND FRIENDS’


Sidney was the son of Solomon Bolterman and Sophie née Daniels of Hackney, London.

Sidney’s father Solomon was born in Russia and worked as a perambulator maker. He enlisted in the Labour Corp in WW1 and served in France. After the war he changed his name from Bolterman to Bolton and worked as a timber merchant in Hackney. Sidney had one sister named Sheila.

Sidney was the navigator of Lancaster PB354 which took off from RAF Fulbeck on an operation to bomb the Mittelland Canal at Gravenhorst. It is speculated that one of the Lancasters PB354 and PB300 exploded after being hit by bombs from above, which in turn caused the other aircraft nearby to also explode. This speculation is confirmed by the fact that there were no Nachtjagd claims for the whole raid and all the Flak reports in Northern and Western Germany make no reference to a claim in this area.

Photo credit to 49 Squadron Association