Weinberg, Marks (served as Wayne, Marks) (No. 657189)

Weinberg, Marks

Served as Wayne, Marks

Sergeant (Observer/Wireless Operator)

No. 657189, 153 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Killed in a flying accident on Sunday 19 July 1942 (aged 26)

Buried:

East Ham (Marlow Road) Jewish Cemetery, Essex, England

(Block I Grave 276)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Marks Weinberg’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1916 in Mile End Old Town, London and he was a son of David and Amelia (Millie) Weinberg (nee Coots) of Maida Vale, London.  David Weinberg worked as a dental mechanic and his marriage to Millie Coots was registered in the third quarter of 1907 in London City.  David and Millie Weinberg had at least three children – Isidore, Minnie and Marks.

Marks Weinberg joined the Royal Air Force (he served as Marks Wayne) and in July 1942 he was serving with 153 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert.  On 19 July 1942, a Bristol Beaufighter aircraft (X7822) of 153 Squadron was returning to Ballyhalbert airfield, having completed a practice night interception and radar calibration exercise, when it flew straight into Shanlieve Mountain in the Mourne Mountains at Grid Reference J250214.  It was reported at the time that ‘the aircraft appeared to have homed on an inappropriate radio beacon’.  The aircraft was destroyed and both crew members were killed.  They were Pilot Officer John Peter Sadd from Willesden, Middlesex and the Navigator/Radar Operator, Sergeant Marks Weinberg (who served as Marks Wayne) of Maida Vale, London.

On his headstone his forename is inscribed as Mark and there is an inscription from his family:

TODAY AND EVERY DAY WE MOURN HIM MORE