Lili Stefania Bankier
Leading Aircraftwoman, 25 Meteorological Forecast Unit
Service number 2992592
Died 28 Jul 1945
Buried Mount of Olives Cemetery, Jerusalem
Headstone Inscription Mount of Olives
Here lies Leah (Lili) Bankier, daughter of the late Adolph. Born month of Elul (September 18th 1921) Died Yod-chet month of Av (28 July 1945)
May Her Dear Soul Rest In Peace
Headstone Inscription Ramleh Cemetery
BURIED AT THE TIME IN JERUSALEM (VAAD HAKEHILLA) CEMETERY. BUT WHOSE GRAVE IS NOW LOST “THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT”
Lili was born on 18 Sep 1921 in Lodz, Poland the daughter of Adolf and Sophie Bankier. Lili and her mother emigrated to Palestine in 1935 and her father remained in Lodz. He was there when the German forces invaded Poland in 1939 and was incarcerated in the ghetto where he died of heart failure in 1942. Sophie ran a small hotel in Ein Karem a neighbourhood of Jerusalem.
Lili enlisted as a WAAF at RAF Ramleh in Sep 1944 and after training she was sent to RAF Heliopolis for meteorological training before being posted to RAF Aqir.
Information and photos obtained from Royal Meteorological Society, history group letter 2019, written by Brian Booth.