Joseph Garcia-Webb

Pilot, 109 Squadron
Service number 1280538
Died 16 November 1944
Buried Willesden Jewish Cemetery, London
Age 28

Headstone Inscription
‘JE PENSE A TOI DANS LES JOURS DE L’ABSENCE” MIRIAM, DIANE AND PETER’


Joseph was born on 10 May 1916 in Mile End Old Town, London to Richard and Frances née Cohen. He married Miriam Beitler in 1939 and they had two children, Diane who passed away in 2013 and Peter who emigrated to Australia. The family name was originally Cohen and it was changed to Garcia-Webb.

In 1939, Joseph and Miriam are living at 48 Claremont Road, West Ham and he is listed as an assistant general manager.

Joseph was the pilot of Mosquito ML907 which took off from RAF Little Staughton on a daylight operation to take part in Operation Jülich. A series of bombing raids on three German towns, Düren, Jülich and Heinsburg to support the US first and ninth armies in the area between Aachen and the Rhine. On the return to base they encountered very poor visibility and on nearing the runway the aircraft was seen to pull up sharply to avoid high tension cables. The aircraft stalled and spun near the airfield killing both Joseph and his navigator Robert John Wendes, 1380740