627 Squadron Mosquito XXV KB401 AZ-E W/Cdr. Benjamin Master Bomber loss
Date: 19-20th February 1945 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 627 Squadron
Type: Mosquito XXV
Base: RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
Location: Target Area
Pilot: W/Cdr. Eric Arthur Benjamin DFC. Bar 77777 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
Nav: F/O. John Ettock Heath DFM. 171190 RAFVR Age ? Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Positioned from R.A.F. Woodhall Spa to RAF Coningsby to be flown by the master bomber for this operation.
627 Squadron Mosquito
Hit by flak and crashing in the target area. As this was the master bomber the raid was not classed as a success. Damage to the target was classified as superficial and no evidence to show where the bombing fell from the 254 Lancasters that took part. This was the only loss of the operation.
W/Cdr. Benjamin grave at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. With thanks to Bart Baeyens for sending this. Any relative who would like a copy we would be happy to send you one with Bart's compliments.
W/Cdr. Eric Arthur Benjamin DFC. Bar. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 1.Z.13. Son of Albert and Beatrice Benjamin and husband of M.E. Benjamin of Twickenham, Middlesex, England.
F/O. John Ettock Heath DFM. Runnymede Memorial Panel 267. No further details available as yet.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. With thanks to Bart Baeyens for grave photograph.