Lionel Louis Benjamin

Observer, 53 Squadron
Service number 751790
Died 31 Aug 1940
Buried Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery
Age 22

Headstone Inscription
‘REMEMBERED WITH LOVE AND ADMIRATION BY HIS WIFE, BROTHER AND FRIENDS’


Lionel was born in 1918 in Brighton and was the son of Hyam and Rebecca nee Kinsler. He had one brother named Victor.

Lionel volunteered on 6 Jun 1939 only fourteen months before his death. He was killed on 31 August 1940, when his Bristol Blenheim (T1940) was brought down by flak while engaged on a night-time raid on the Vlaardingen oil plant. His two crewmates, Wing Commander Edwards, the commanding officer of the squadron, and Sergeant Beesley, were also killed. He had married Elizabeth Betty De Winter in April 1940 only a few months before his death.