Sergeant Lionel Louis Benjamin was an English airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born in 1918, in Brighton, the son of Hyam, a tailor at the time of the 1911 census, and Rebecca (Bessie) Benjamin (née Kinsler), a fur machinist.

Benjamin, serving as an observer in 53 Squadron, died on 31 August 1940, when his Bristol Blenheim (T1940) was brought down by flak while engaged on a night-time raid on the Vaardingen oil plant. His two crewmates, Wing Commander E. Edwards, the commanding officer of the squadron, and Sergeant J. Beesley, perished with him.[1] He had married Elizabeth Betty De Winter only a few months before his death.

He is buried in Crooswijk General Cemetery, Rotterdam.


  1. Warner, Graham (2005), The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History, p. 269.


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