Flight Sergeant Harry Kleiner was an English airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born in 1911, in Wandsworth, the son of Austrian-born parents Joseph, who was working in incandescent gas light fittings, and Ester Kleiner (née Sonnschein).

Kleiner, a flight engineer in 57 Squadron, died on 23 May 1943, when his Avro Lancaster (ED970) was shot down over the North Sea, about 40 kilometres west of Egmond aan Zee, by a German night-fighter. Kleiner, Walter Bennett, and Peter Daly were the only crew to be recovered, having been washed ashore.[1]

He is buried in Leeuwarden Jewish Cemetery, The Netherlands.


  1. Chorley, W.R. (1992), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses: 1943, p. 156.


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