Hyman Kersh

Aircraftman 1st Class, 5003 Airfield Construction Squadron
Service number 1440746
Died 22 May 1944
Buried East Ham (Marlow Road) Jewish Cemetery
Age 36

Headstone Inscription
‘IN MEMORY OF MY DEAR HUSBAND. ALWAYS REMEMBERED BY HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, MUM, DAD AND SISTER’


Hyman was born in 1907 in Whitechapel, the son of Samuel and Rebecca nee Goldstein who were born in Odessa. Hyman married Alice Wilcox in 1938 and they had two children Marion and Jacqueline. Hyman joined the RAF in 1941.

Early morning on 22 May 1944, the Luftwaffe dropped a one thousand pound bomb on Station 417/R.A.F. Ashford, killing fourteen men. The Operations Record Book for the 5003 Airfield Construction Squadron, gives the following details for that day:- ‘RAF Ashford, (Kent). Bomb Damage: On the night of 21-22 May 1944, at 0035 hours (12.35am), a 1,000lb HE bomb was dropped on the tented site, accommodating the reserve flights, M&E, MT, and Plant flights. Total casualties were 30, 14 proving fatal. 26 tents were damaged beyond repair, and a further 14 rendered unserviceable. The camp field kitchens were demolished and 2 water bowsers and 2 items of MT were damaged.