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Myer Joseph Levine

Born:
6 Tishri 5660 (10 September 1899)
Died:
26 Iyyar 5678 (08 May 1918)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
LEV0541
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
6 Tishri 5660 (10 September 1899)
Place of birth:
Norwich, Norfolk, England

Death

Date of death:
26 Iyyar 5678 (08 May 1918)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Stamford, Lincolnshire
Cause of death:
Died as the result of a mid-air collision
Burial place:
Earlham Road Cemetery Norwich, Norfolk

Places

Addresses

Parents home:
3 Park Road Suffolk Park , Cromer , Norfolk (16 April 1918)

Schools

Name:
Bracondale School, Norwich
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Details of the accident

Second Lieutenant Myer Joseph Levine was born in 1899, in Norwich, the son of Louis and Barbara Levine (née Hush), of Norfolk and North Shields, respectively. His father was a Pawnbroker and Antique dealer.

Myer enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps on his 18th birthday and was assigned to the 53rd Training Squadron based at Stamford Lincolnshire. He died on 8 May 1918 when the RE8 aircraft he was flying collided in mid-air over Stamford, both aircraft spun out of control to the ground, killing both trainee pilots and a flying instructor.

The Court of Inquiry decided that the cause of the accident was due (whilst the Pilots were on duty) to inexperience on the part of 2nd Lieutenant Levine in that he failed to turn his machine to the right when the leader Lieutenant Thorne (the pilot of the other aeroplane) did so and that Lt. Thorne had probably lost distance from the formation in carrying out two successive banks thereby causing the two machines to collide.


Researched for 'We Were There Too' by Dr Ronnie Fraser

Family

Siblings

Cyril Issac Levine (male)
Victor Levine (male)
Henrietta Levine (female)

Parents

Father: Louis Levine (male)
Mother: Barbara Hush (female)

Homefront

Member of family in armed forces:
Myer's elder brother Cyril, a Private in the Machine Gun Corps, died in May 1917.

Military Record

Military service:
RFC, RAF
Date enlisted/conscripted:
10 September 1917
Date discharged/death:
08 May 1918
Rank at discharge/death:
2nd Lieutenant
Sustained injuries:
Died in mid-air collision

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:
08/05/1918
Age:
18
Regiment / service:
53rd Training Sqdn., Royal Air Force
Cemetery:
Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk
Grave reference:
Jewish. 47.
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