Maynard Meyer Caplan DFM

Pilot, 1658 HCU
Service number 142555
Died 7 September 1943
Buried East Ham (Marlow Road) Jewish Cemetery, London
Age 27

Headstone Inscription
‘IN LIFE AND DEATH HE WAS HONOURABLE AND COURAGEOUS. FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS’


Maynard was born on 14 May 1916 in Bethnal Green. London to Bernard and Rachel née Goldstein. Maynard had two sisters, Beryl who married Peter Baum and Freda who married Marcus Freedman.

Before the war Maynard worked with his father Bernard at an electro chemist works. Bernard also volunteered as an ARP warden in Lewisham.

Maynard received his DFM with 158 Squadron. He was known as the ‘three engined expert.’ ‘F/Sgt Caplan has just completed a most successful tour of operations, during which he has taken part in bombing attacks against targets in Germany and Italy, often in the face of intense fighter opposition and heavy ground defences. On three occasions this airman has brought his aircraft safely back to base on three engines, and he has also obtained some excellent photographs.”

Maynard was an instructor on a fighter affiliation training flight when he was killed, alongside seven trainees working up to becoming an operational crew and two other instructors. They were on board Halifax DT524 which took off from RAF Riccall. The aircraft crashed near Howden, Yorkshire.

The crew:
Pilot (Instructor) – F/O Maynard Meyer Caplan DFM.

Pilot – F/O Lawrence Gay Dunlop RCAF (J/20568), aged 20, of Mayenod, Saskatchewan, Canada. Buried Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire

Flight Engineer (Instructor) – P/O Arthur Wilfred Bailey RAFVR (143799), aged 22, of St.Albans. Buried St.Albans Cemetery, Hertfordshire.

Flight Engineer – Sgt Alan Basil Granville Williams RAFVR (1653142), aged 19, of Ystrad Mynach. Buried Ystrad Mynach Churchyard, Glamorgan.

Navigator – Sgt Frank Reynolds RAFVR (1497496), aged 23, of Eccleshill, Bradford. Buried Calverley Churchyard, Yorkshire.

Bomb Aimer – F/Sgt Samuel Rutherford Parker RCAF (R/132048), aged 23, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Buried Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire

Wireless Operator – Sgt Edward Leo McCartie RAFVR (1146785), aged 22, of Middlesbrough. Buried Middlesbrough (Thorntree) R.C. Cemetery, Yorkshire.

Air Gunner – Sgt Alfred John Gamble RAFVR (1391617), aged 22, of Eltham, London. Buried Selby Cemetery, Yorkshire.

Air Gunner – F/Sgt Gordon Gibson RAFVR (1349486), aged 21, of Ellon. Buried Ellon Cemetery, Aberdeen.

Air Gunner (Instructor) – F/O James Low RCAF (J/17294), aged 24, of Kenogami, Quebec, Canada. Buried Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire