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Flight Sergeant Hans Heinz Schwarz, who served under the nom de guerre Henry Blake, was an airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born in Germany, the son of Erich and Elli Schwarz. His family fled the Nazi regime and settled in England as Jewish refugees.

Aged 19, Schwarz, serving as a specialist equipment operator with 101 Squadron, died on 13 August 1944, when his Avro Lancaster (serial PB258) came down while engaged on an operation against Braunschweig. One other crewman, Sergeant J.F. Andrews, RCAF, was killed. The surviving crew were taken prisoner.[1] It had been Schwarz's first mission. In his capacity as a specialist equipment operator, Schwarz had been tasked with monitoring and jamming German radar. A sizable proportion of those assigned to the role were Jewish, as many were conversant in German.[2]

He is buried in Heverlee War Cemetery.

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  1. Chorley, W. R. (1992), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses: 1944, p. 379.
  2. Sugarman, Martin, Jewish RAF Special Operators in Radio Counter Measures with 101 Squadron, jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved 6 April 2014.

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