Morris Ernest Balkin

Air Bomber, 50 Squadron
Service number 969301
Died 18 June 1941
Buried Glasgow (Glenduffhill) Jewish Cemetery
Age 20

Morris was born in 1920 in Glasgow to Lithuanian born Archibald and Minnie née Barlowitz. Archibald was born in Skuodas, Lithuania, emigrated to Glasgow in 1900 and became a naturalised British citizen in 1916.

Morris’s family story can be found on the link below.

Morris was an air bomber in Hampden P4389 which took off from RAF Finningley on an air test.

The aircraft stalled and dived into the ground shortly after take–off just outside the Finningley airfield boundary (near Gatewood Farm, Gatewood Lane, Old Cantley, Doncaster) at 18.05 hours.

Five personnel were on board. Two aircrew and three ground crew.
W/Op, Sgt. Alexander Campbell, aged 19
Pilot, Sgt. Lawrence Rex Hinde, aged 20
L.A.C. Harry Barton of 50 Sqn.
Corporal Morris Ernest Balkin.
AC.2 Percy Charles Kemp, aged 26.


Photo credit to Derek @
Rebecca Balkin holding a photo of Anne. From left to right are the other children, Sam, Harry, Archie, Bessie & David. Courtesy Anne Gilbert.
Archie & Minnie’s Wedding. Courtesy Anne Gilbert.