Air Bomber, 466 (Australian) Squadron
Service number 1239310
Died 31 August 1943
Buried Rainsough Jewish Cemetery, Prestwich
Joseph was the son of Leslie and Annie née Ridy of Salford, Lancashire. Joseph’s father Leslie was born in Russia and worked as a clothier in Salford.
Joseph had two younger siblings, Rita and Arthur. Rita worked in a factory repairing tanks and was later conscripted into the ATS. After the war she married Leslie Greenburgh whose younger brother Peter also served in the RAF. He was killed in June 1944 serving in 39 Sqn and is buried in Greece and has a page on the website. Arthur trained as a doctor and after marrying Pamela Harris became a GP.
Joseph originally joined the Merchant Navy as a radio officer at the outbreak of war and was torpedoed which prompted him to join the RAF.
On 31 Aug 1943, Joseph was the bomb aimer on Wellington LN292 which collided with Wellington HZ531 also from 466 Sqn shortly after take off from RAF Leconfield and crashed at Goole, Yorkshire killing all the crew of both aircraft.