Francis Montague Mazin

Navigator, 35 (Madras Presidency) Squadron
Service number 1600686
Died 22 June 1943
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 22

Francis (Frank) was the son of Jacob and Fannie née Templehoff of Hendon, London. Francis’s father Jacob was born in Minsk and became a naturalised British subject in 1903. Jacob’s father Raphael opened a well known book and music shop in 1899 which existed until 1970.

Francis had three older sisters, Irene, Edna and Stella. In 1939, the family were living in Finchley and Frank’s father is listed as a shoe manufacturer.

Frank was the navigator on Halifax W7878 which departed RAF Graveley on a night operation to Krefeld. The aircraft crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast. All crew were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.