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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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627 Squadron Mosquito XXV KB401 AZ-E W/Cdr. Benjamin Master Bomber loss

Operation: Böhlen

Date: 19-20th February 1945 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 627 Squadron

Type: Mosquito XXV

Serial: KB401

Code: AZ-E

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


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.

Burial details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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