Benjamin Frederick Goldsmith
Air Gunner, 149 (East India) Squadron
Service number 1287042
Died 2 October 1942
Buried Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands
Benjamin was born in 1920 in Edmonton, Middlesex to Leopold and Margaret née Bacon and he had an older sister Phyllis. His father Leopold served in the King´s Royal Rifle Corps in WW1 and worked as a diamond polisher.
Benjamin enlisted into the RAF in May 1940. Four months before he was killed on 6 June 1942, Benjamin was an air gunner on Stirling W7508 which departed from RAF Lakenheath on a night operation to Essen. The aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed SW of Tienen, Belgium killing six of the crew with one captured and Benjamin evading through the Comet Line.
Pilot, Peter Levinge Clayton, 121334
W/Op, Thomas Alfred George, 1167271
W/Op, John Frederick Gwyther, 1286635
Obs, David Morgan Price Jones, 108245
F/E, Michael Joseph Kelleher, 568970
Pilot, James Hutchison Mouat, 1365131
Dudley James Poynter, 1172551, POW Stalag 357
On 2 October Benjamin was on Stirling R9167 which departed from RAF Lakenheath on a night operation to Krefeld. The aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Kronenberg, near Venlo, Holland. All the crew were killed.
Pilot, William Roy Greenslade, DFC, AFC, 45202
W/Op, A/G, Frederick Leonard Hughes, 628727
W/Op, A/G, Ernest Leslie Moore, 1211456
Obs, Robert Francis McIntyre, R/101201, RCAF
A/G, William Orange, 935171
F/E, Marshal Kenneth Smith, 570749