Raphael Finklestone-Sayliss

Sergeant, 500 Squadron
Service number 1067676
Died 17 Sep 1942
Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
Age 27


Raphael was born in 1913 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire West Riding to Saul, a naturalised British citizen from Lithuania, and Leah Cohen who was born in Leeds. Raphael was the youngest of seven children. The family lived in Sheffield where Saul was the headmaster of a Hebrew school.

On 17 September 1942 the four crew of Hudson AM587 died when the aircraft was shot down at 15.37 by Lt K Necesany of 13./KG40 over the Bay of Biscay in position PLQ 14W/8933. Two crew were seen in the water but were unable to be rescued. Pilot, F/S D. B. Smith, Observer, Sgt R. Finklestone-Sayliss
W/Op, Sgt A. Young
W/Op, Sgt R. J. Wilson