Squadron Leader Boris Romanoff was an airman of the Royal Air Force who died during the Second World War.

He was born in 1914, the son of Russian-born Theodore and Evelyn Mary Romanoff, of West Ealing. Romanoff was commissioned in the Royal Air Force on 7 September 1936 as an acting pilot officer.[1] In that year he won a gold medal in the RAF's Wakefield Boxing Championship.

During the war, Romanoff served as a pilot with 138 Squadron, which undertook missions over occupied Europe in support of the Special Operations Executive. He died on 10 March 1942 when Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Z9125 crashed on takeoff from RAF Stradishall. Four Czech crewmembers (Fornusek, Janek, Jelinek, and Politzer) died alongside him, while Flying Officer Vaverka was wounded.[2]

Romanoff, who was mentioned in despatches, was cremated at Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium.


  1. The London Gazette (34325), p. 6078. 22 September 1936, Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  2. Chorley, W.R. (1994), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1942, p. 44.