Sergeant Bertram Max ('Bertie') Frankal was an English airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born in 1916, in Hackney, the son of Leon and Augusta Frankal (née Cohen).

Aged 29, Frankal, a navigator with 466 Squadron, died on 8 April 1945, when his Handley Page Halifax (serial NP968) crashed at Ippensen. It had exploded mid-air after being damaged by a German night-fighter while engaged on a raid against Hamburg. Frankal died alongside Flying Officer R.R.N. Forrest, Royal Australian Air Force, the bomber's pilot. The five surviving crewmembers were taken prisoner.[1][2]

Frankal, an optician,[3] was reputed to have been buried at Sittensen Cemetery, but no grave was located and he is thus commemorated by the Runnymede Memorial.[2]


  1. Chorley, W.R. (1998), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses: 1945, p. 158.
  2. 2.0 2.1 NP968 Halifax III HD-B, Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  3. Memorial Board of the former Harrow Synagogue, Retrieved 15 August 2015.


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