Norman Jacobson was born in Grimsby in 1922 to Alfred and Olive Jacobson. He became a Scout and joined 18th Grimsby Scout Troop. In June 1940 he joined 29 Squadron (Bert Wood’s old Squadron) of the RAF as a Radio Operator, and became Aircraftman 2nd Class (1050704) Norman Jacobson. In August 1940 he was in an aircraft which shot down a Heinkel 111, making him one of Churchill’s ‘few’.
On Aug 25th 1940 he was airborne on a night patrol in his Blenheim (L1330), when it was shot down by an enemy aircraft off Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, coming down in the sea. The crew were all killed. Including Jacobson, who was just 18 years old – the youngest Battle of Britain RAF aircrew casualty. Although his body was recovered a few days later by a trawler (“Alfredian” ) near the Inner Dowsing, he was buried at sea on Aug. 27 and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.