Pilot Officer Philip Hartstein was an English airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

he was born in 1921, in Hackney, the son of Russian-born Abraham, a printer and bag maker in 1911, and Anna (Hannah) Hartstein (née Herman), of Whitechapel.

Hartstein, serving as a pilot in 7 Squadron, died on 9 October 1943, when his Avro Lancaster (JA706) crashed at Wormstal Bauernhof, Altenhagen, while engaged on an operation against Hanover.[1] Three of the seven-man crew survived and were taken prisoner. A brother, Emmanuel, died in 1944 while also a pilot officer.

He is buried in Hanover War Cemetery


  1. Chorley, W.R. (1992), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses: 1943, p. 352.


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