Zareikin, Joseph M.
|Date of Death
|Next of Kin
|Son of David and Pola Zareikin, originally of Montreal, Canada and later of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. His Brother Samuel Also Died On Bomber Command Service.
|Handley Page Halifax
|Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery
|Sec. G. Row A. Grave 14.
IBCC Memorial Information
|Royal Canadian Air Force
|Country of Origin
|J/19884 F/O William Thomas Glenn "Whipper" Watson was the skipper.
|His brother, J/17716 P/O Samuel Zareikin, was killed on 28 May 1943 while on the strength of 102 Squadron - see https://losses.internationalbcc.co.uk/loss/231544/. Both he and his brother worked for the Well-Made Cravat Mfg. Co. Inc.
|The family were originally from Montreal but moved to California.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Last Operation Information
|Skipton on Swale
|Night (89% moon)
|Minelaying off Heligoland
|Reason for Loss
|Attacked by a night-fighter while in the rear gunner position. Killed by a cannon shell to the head. All the aileron controls were severed and evading action could not be taken as the fighter closed in for an attack. Despite this, P/O Cochrane- the mid-upper gunner- withheld his fire until the attacker came to close range. Then, with a well placed burst of fire, he shot the enemy aircraft down. He was awarded the DFC. The aircraft returned safely to RAF Carnaby without further injury.