Harold Stone

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 405 (Vancouver) Squadron
Service number 1267726
Died 2 September 1942
Buried Dishforth Cemetery, North Yorkshire
Age 20

Headstone Inscription
‘HE LIES CONTENT WITH THAT HIGH HOUR IN WHICH HE LIVED AND DIED, HE WANTS NO RECOMPENSE’


Harold was born in 1921 in Marylebone, London to South African Bertie and Phyllis née Blaiberg and he had an older sister Beryl. Their mother died two months after Harold was born and their father who was a co-director of a gown makers in Hendon died in 1940. Harold’s sister Beryl Annette volunteered as an ARP warden.

Harold was the wireless operator/air gunner on Halifax BB216 which departed RAF Topcliffe at 23.03 for a night operation to Saarbrucken. As the aircraft crossed the coast the port outer engine caught fire. Although the fire was put out it caused the engine to fail and the order was given to bale out.

Louis Donald Dawdy, RCAF, R/90329, missing, commemorated on Runnymede Memorial.
W/Op, Clarence Gordon Eagles, RCAF, R/83536, parachute caught fire and killed on landing.
Pilot, Norman Angus MacKenzie, RCAF, R/86313. His body was found at the aircraft controls.
W/Op, A/G, Harold Stone, 1267726, killed.

F/E, James Alexander, survived.
Nav, Edgar Bohun Mason, survived. The Operations Record Book states that he had to swim 2 hours to shore.
A/B, Joseph Anthony Kaucharik, RCAF, survived.

Token for Harold on his parents grave
405 Operation Record Book