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


Biography

Maynard was the son of Bernard and Rachel née Goldstein of Bromley, Kent. 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.

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