Emile Hatzfeld

Flight Engineer, 467 (Australian) Squadron
Service number 188725
Died 30 August 1944
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 36


Emile (known as Bill) was born in October 1907 in Wimbledon, Surrey to Cecil and Eva née Logan. Emile was named after his French born grandfather who was a music publisher and lecturer and a good friend of the composer Tchaikovsky. Emile’s father Cecil worked as a bank clerk in 1911 and then became an accountant. Emile’s mother Eva died in 1932. Emile married Dorothy Munford on 2 September 1934 in Dagenham, Essex and their son Paul was born in 1935.

Emile was the flight engineer on Lancaster LM237 which departed RAF Waddington on a night operation to Konigsberg. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 30 miles west of Konigsberg.