115 Squadron

Despite the elements

115 Squadron
the Y's OwellsWelcome on the website of the Friends of 115 Squadron

Our aim as a small group of local amateur historians:

History – We wish to search and pass historical information, to try to link up to the future in a digital area, that way preserving and applying new found data in an effort to complied history’s unspoken answers.

Respect – We cannot pay more tribute to them who have fallen, than to pay respect for them. In our research, we always respect the family's wishes and also the privacy of those who are left behind.

Remembrance - We wish to ensure that the people who fell, military and civilian are never forgotten. There for, each year, we lay a wreath at the monument of a crashed Lancaster.

Education – We support initiatives as; school projects and private quests, enabling us to understand the reasons for the freedom we have today and look to the future in a positive manner.

Future generations must be reminded of what happened in WWII so that they never forget that their freedom was gained by acts and sacrifices of these men and women in history.

Members, Geert Bourguignon, Filip Doms, Erwin Sollie, Danny Van Den Broeck, Dirk Vermeulen. (last update 11/11/2018)

Losses over Belgium.
115 Squadron
Roll of Honour
and Aircraft losses.

1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 1944/45
Cope Jack Edward,
evade from

Belgium to Gibraltar
Research – Who can help ?
New pictures – New faces.
2017 - 2018
Old newsletters. The Tiller
The story of
"The Y's 'Owells"

Family Howell donating the
Y's 'Owells Emblem to the RAF Witchford Display of Memorobilia.

TV reportage & slideshows.
Newspaper clips/photos 2017

24 April - GvA
Remembrance Lancaster DS734, Sint-Katelijne-Waver.

24 April - photos from Bob Lams Facebook

Bookshelf (2)
In memorian.
115 Squadron
P/O Cagienard Robert Roland
Pilot. serv. no. 174879
°1920 - +1944
via Fam. Jean & Alan Duke
Sgt. Eldrett F.
Fl. Eng. serv. no. 1397252
via Mellissa Shepherd
WO 2. Davison Ray
Rear Gunner serv. no. 2200204
via Davison Lian
All info and photos relating 115 Sqn during WW II are welcome, mail them to Filip Doms, the team thanks you for your effort.
George Desmond Sherwood Perry (Message 16 January 2019) I would like to report that my cousin George Desmond Sherwood Perry - dob 11.5.24 - known as Dessie or Desmond died last week aged 94.

He was a lovely man, and managed to live fairly independently until about 9 months ago when he went into a care home. He was very modest, and although we knew he was a rear gunner in Lancaster's who was involved in ops over the Ruhr. He was very reluctant to talk about this in any detail, and would change the subject very quickly if we discussed it with him.

I have found his log book, which makes fascinating reading, along with several photos copies of which I am sending to you. He started his air gunners trainings in Feb 1944, and this was followed by flight training and exercises until he started ops in October 44, including the flight over Cologne on October 30, when I believe many planes were lost. His last flight was Dec 27th 44. His tour ended on 19.1.45.

In total he did 24 ops and survived unscathed, which is amazing considering how vulnerable gunners were in the belly of the plane. After the war he returned to run the family motor trade business in Paignton Devon, but went on to take his private pilots licence in the 1950s, I believe he stopped flying in 1970.

His funeral is on 30.1.19 at 2:45, at Torquay Crematorium, an RAF standard bearded will be present.

Best wishes
Juliet Hartridge

Lancaster MkI - HK 595 KO-A crew,

F/O Rowe A. I. - Captain
W/O Shea L. - Navigator (AUS 429355 RAAF)
Sgt Hume G. - Air Bomber
F/O Currin J. - WOP/Air
Sgt Wilson J. - Mid. Upper
Sgt Perry G. - Rear Gunner
Sgt Cornett F. - Flt. Eng.

This Lancaster HK595 was lost on in a mid air collision with 115 Sqn Lancaster NN706 15 November 1944,
there were no survivors.

Lancaster Mk II - LL673 KO-G.

With Greetings from "Sunny Queensland" we received from Philip Martin Rodhouse a photograph of his half brother Sgt Raymond Arthur Rodhouse.

"My father was Arthur Laundon Rodhouse who married Constance Lever, of Northampton. The Levers where at that time major player's in Boots and Shoes. As there where several Rodhouse Boot and Shoe manufactures in and around Northampton at that time I can only imagine that the Lever family incorrectly assumed Dad was of that family line, for I can see no other reason that the union would have been allowed to start.

Constance died of blood poisoning after cutting her finger whilst slicing bread. Leaving Dad with Raymond Arthur and Peter Neville. Constance was buried in the Billing Rd Cemetery Northampton. Where, according to my other half brother Peter the only Bomb dropped on Northampton during the war hit her grave.

Dad then married Edna Irene Meeks, of Weston Favell, Northampton. Siring three more children Sister Brenda Irene, Brother Paul Godfrey and myself. Whilst I have no memory of Ray I was told that he held me as a baby just prior to leaving on his last mission.

Ray was 21 when he was K.I.A that was also his Step-Mothers birthday."

The crew was lost on 14 January 1944 during a mission on Brunswick, Germany.
There were no survivors,

F/L Christiansen John Horace - Pilot - age 25
F/L Vinson Ronald Anthony - 2nd Pilot - age 30
Sgt Rodhouse Raymond Arthur - FE - age 21
F/P Downer George Lionel - Nav - DFC - age 23
F/O Braithwaite Frederick Arthur - Wop - RNZAF - age 23
F/O Wright Claude Henry - BA - RNZAF - age 28
Sgt Kewin Alfred - MUG - age 22
P/O Boswell-Kitching Jack Lambert - RG -RNZAF - age 24

Wellington Mk IC - Z8844 - KO-S - We received this photos from Carol Russell, thanks Carol.
Wellington Z8844 Wellington Z8844 Deardan Frederick Harry Ewart
Sgt Deardan Frederick H. E. - Pilot, was my godfather that I never knew. I was born 13/10/39. So you can work out he went missing on the night of my second birthday. The wedding picture was June 1940, I'm not sure when the other one was taken probably about 1938.
The woman in the pictures is Ada who is mentioned on the headstone.

The crew,

Sgt  Deardan Frederick Harry Ewart - Pilot - age 25
Sgt  Browne Peter Leighton - 2nd Pilot - age 20 - RAAF
Sgt  Jarrett Peter William - Observer - age 20
Sgt  Preece Mervyn Stanley - W.Op./Air Gnr - age 21
Sgt  Widdecombe Bernard Frederick - W.Op./Air Gnr. - age 18
Sgt  Stewart Frank Parker - Air Gnr - age 28

Who can provide the other missing faces?

Wellington Mk II - W5459 - KO-L

Purser John HenryJohn Jones sent us a photo of Pilot Officer Purser John Henry – Observer. He and his crewmates lost their lives on 29/30 June 1941 flying on a mission to Hamburg, Germany, with Wellington W5459. Thanks John.

The crew

F/L  Bailey Jack Alexander James -age 23 - Pilot
P/O  Tetlow George Walter - age 21 - 2nd Pilot
P/O  Purser John Henry - age 21 - Observer - RCAF
Sgt  Panes Elton Talbot - age ? - W.Op./Air Gnr
Sgt  Nichols Frederick Robert - age 30 - W.Op./Air Gnr
F/S Gray Raymond Marshall - age ? - RG

Who can provide the other missing faces?

Also Wellington Mk IC R1509 KO-P, was lost (target Bremen, Germany). 1 KIA, 5 POW.

Lancaster MkII - DS668 - KO-R

Charles TrottThanks to Jackie Trott's story about her father, Sgt Frank Trott we have a new face.

Their Lancaster was on a mine laying operation, was shot down on the homebound flight and crashed at Ingrandes-sur-Loire, France.

The crew

F/O  Derek Brown – KIA, baled out but fell into the Loire and drowned.
W/O  A. Davidson - Taken Prisoner
Sgt  R. Gould - Taken Prisoner
F/S  Leonard King - Taken Prisoner
P/O  C.N. Pitchford - Taken Prisoner
Sgt  Alan Sheppard - Evaded Capture
Sgt  Charles Trott -Evaded Capture

Lancaster MkI - HK547 - A4-F

Hayward John VictorRoger Carew sent us a photo of his grandfather F/O Hayward John Victor, thanks Roger.

F/O Hayward and his crew lost their lives on 19/20 May 1944 when their Lancaster crashed Allones, France. There were no survivors.

The crew

P/O  Atkin Samuel Stephen – Pilot – age 22
F/O  Hayward John Victor - 2nd Pilot – age 32
Sgt  Plumb Ivor Collins – FE – age 22
P/O  Mather Kenneth Richard – Nav – age 20
F/S  Giles Reginald Frederick Arthur – WOP – 23
P/O  Jones Rhys Webb – BA – age 25
Sgt  Rafferty Joseph Victor – MUG – age 34
P/O  Mehden Leonard Eugene – RG – age 24

Who can provide the other missing faces?

Atkin Samuel Stephen Jones Rhys Webb Mehden Leonard Eugene
Former posts 2018
My Father's Website - Sgt Don Bruce 115 Squadron RAF

The following articles and pictures on the website have all been written and supplied by my father and are all copyright to me as from 2008 when he passed away.
I convinced him that his stories should be shown to keep the history alive. These are a few of the many memories that he has. I will add to this menu page as time permits.

115 Squadron Roll of Honour. Who can help?

A total of 163 pages plus Glossary of terms used together with a Table of Contents which lists all names and all aircraft for easy reference.
There are also reproductions of 24 photographs each with an explanation.
The cost of the publication is £30.00 plus £4.50 postage and packing in UK.
Unfortunately I DO NOT NOW SEND ABROAD as postage is prohibitive. I would have to charge over £10.00.

All profits from the Roll of Honour go to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.


Jean Darley - My Fathers Website