Ronald Halperin DFC

Navigator, 156 Squadron
Service number 162792
Died 21 February 1944
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
Age 22

Headstone Inscription
‘RONALD, OUR BROTHER. MAY WE BE WORTHY OF YOUR SACRIFICE.
REST IN PEACE’.


Ronald was born on 16 May 1921 in Marylebone, London to Polish born Frank who died in 1939 and Lithuanian born Yetta née Siegler who died in 1935. Ronald had two younger siblings, Betty and Stuart, who after the death of their father emigrated in 1940 to the USA. Ronald enlisted in the RAF the same year.

Ronald previously served in 101 Squadron where he was awarded a DFC for displaying high skill and devotion to duty.

Ronald was the navigator in Lancaster ND345 which departed RAF Warboys on a night operation to Stuttgart. The aircraft was hit by flak on the return leg whilst over Mannheim and exploded. The pilot, F/L D K Mackay DFC was thrown clear and became a prisoner of war interned in Camp L3, POW number 3612.

F/S. DK Mackay, DFC, RCAF, POW
Sgt. JCL Reed, KIA
P/O. R. Halperin, DFC, KIA
Sgt.GP Roche, KIA
F/L. BO Petrides, DFM, KIA
F/O. J. Moffat, DFC, KIA
S/L. A.Muir, DFC, KIA