Hymen Batzofin

Pilot Officer, 24 Squadron
Service number 88238
Died 14 Sep 1941
Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Age 22

Hymen was born in 1919 in Johannesburg, South Africa to Louis and Sarah Batzofin. He attended Jeppe High School for Boys where he is commemorated on their Roll of Honour.

In 1939, when he was twenty, he travelled from South Africa to Britain and the ship manifest lists him as a civil engineer and draughtsman. At the end of 1940 he married Christine James in Neath, Glamorganshire and their daughter Judith was born just after Hymen was killed in 1941 .

On 14 September 1941, Maryland Mk II 1654 took off from Fuka airfield in Egypt on a bombing raid to attack tanks and transport and returned safely. They took off again later that day on the same operation. The Operational Record Book states: ‘17.50 strong opposition in form of fighters. Good job done but lost Lt Hain and his crew’.
15 September ‘No news of Lt Hain’. 16 September ‘Rumour, Lt Hain has been picked up but badly burnt in hospital. Balance of crew killed, Lt Batzofin, Sgt’s Tonkin and McIntosh’.