Navigator, 38 Squadron
Service number 1389233
Died 6 Jan 1944
Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial
Harold was born in 1923 in Stoke Newington, London to Russian born parents Samuel and Golda nee Blackman and had three brothers, Aubrey, Sydney and Monty. In 1939, the family were living at 76 Queens Drive, Stoke Newington. Harold’s father Samuel is listed as a wine importer.
Harold was the navigator on Wellington HZ727 that was engaged on a close area anti-submarine patrol over the convoy ‘Parcel’. At 20.40 it was plotted in position 32.56N, 20.16E but no further news was heard from the aircraft. Extensive searches were carried out the next day with no success. There were circumstantial reports that there may have been a collision between Wellingtons HZ727 and MF679 and they fell into the sea on fire.
The crew were:
J/14014 F/O (Capt./Pilot) Kenneth Robert Munro RCAF
1436513 Sgt (2nd Pilot) Ivan Coles
1389233 Sgt (Nav.) Harold Cherns
1330314 Sgt (W.op./Air Gnr.) Ronald Frederick Ledger
1313481 Sgt (W.op./Air Gnr) John Harris
1334532 Sgt (W.op./Air Gnr) Kenneth Allan Wright