115 squadron
115 squadron
115 Squadron

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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.
1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 1944/45
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.
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.
The RAF Witchford Display of Memorabilia is located at the Lancaster Way Business Park - the former RAF Witchford airfield.
Info on Traces of War.com
Mellissa ShepherdMellissa Shepherd, Wreath I placed this morning at Witchford to remember 115 Squadron, my Dad and all those that served there.Mellissa ShepherdMellissa Shepherd

Reportage from Witchford Village College students stand silent for poignant Remembrance service. Source; ELYSTANDARD

John Cooper remembering his father, Sgt Fred Cooper.

Fred volunteered for Bomber Command on 24th July 1940. He trained at RAF Lossiemouth, and was finally based at RAF Marham where he served with 115 Squadron as a Wireless Op.

Sgt Fred Cooper was shot down twice, the first time in June 1942, and the second on 21st July 1942 whilst on operations over Duisburg, Germany. Dad's aircraft, (Wellington III X3726) was the only one of three lost by the squadron that night, and 'not' to be shot down by a night-fighter ...

After taking off from Marham at 23:49hrs it was hit by flak while flying at 8,000 m, which ignited the flares. The fire soon burned out of control and the crew baled out ...

Sgt Fred Cooper saw out the rest of the war as a PoW at Stalag VIIIB (344) Lamsdorf. He was involved in the notorious 'Long March', before being liberated in May 1945.

After the war, Fred made his first-class debut for his native Lancashire County Cricket Club against Oxford University in May 1946; he made 6 and 20 not out. Later that season he made his County Championship bow against Leicestershire, playing three Championship games in total, all in July.
However, he left the county for Worcestershire County Cricket Club at the end of the season ...

In later years he became a local politician, and became Mayor of his adopted home town of Stourport-on-Severn in 1975.

Fred Cooper was born in Bacup, Lancashire on 18th April 1921. He died in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire on 22nd December 1986.

Although Dad survived the war, I think his wartime experiences stayed with him, right up until the day he passed away in December 1986.

He never really spoke about his experiences; he never wore his service medals, but towards the end he took a real interest in the Bomber Command Association as well as the RAF EX-PoW Association.

I think about Dad a lot, particularly around the time of 'Remembrance' ... 'Blue-Skies' Dad 💙 xxx

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Wellington Mk IC - X9910 - KO-Y - (last update 26/10/2018)

Ian Mason sent us this photo from his uncle Sgt. Thomas William Bull.

From this crew only P/O Shuttlewworth survived and was captured, becoming POW.

Sgt. Hulls Arthur Robert - Pilot
Sgt. Goodey James Henry - 2nd Pilot
P/O Colfe William Kenneth - Observer
Sgt. Griffiths Thomas Douglas - W.Op./Air Gnr
Sgt. Bull Thomas William - W.Op./Air Gnr.
P/O Shuttleworth Norman Robertson - RG

L: P/O Colfe William Kenneth - Observer
R: Sgt. Bull Thomas William- W.Op./Air Gnr.

Also Wellington Mk IC X9673 KO-B was lost on this mission. There were no survivors.

Who can provide the other missing faces?

Lancaster Mk I - HK599 - KO-K - (last update 26/10/2018)

Thanks to Malcolm Eayres we have new faces from the crewmates of his father, Sgt Eayres Raymond.

The Crew:

F/O Lister R. D. - Pilot pow
Sgt Hughes Peter Herbert Frederick - FE +
F/O Brown Ronald - Nav +
F/S Loughnan Justin Francis - WOP RAAF +
F/O Ford Harry Thomas - BA +
Sgt Hamilton Robert - MUG +
Sgt Eayres Raymond - RG +

Eayres RaymondHughes Peter Herbert Frederick Hamilton Robert

 L > R: Sgt Eayres Raymond - RG - Sgt Hughes Peter Herbert Frederick - FE - Sgt Hamilton Robert - MUG.

Who can provide the other missing faces?
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Ollar Alexander Johnston Stewart. DMF

8 September 2018. Thanks to Ken Delve we can show you following photos of Ollar and his fellow crewmembers.

BJ615I came across a photo collection for Plt Off Ollar, and selected images are shown here. Some documents have this as Oller and some as Ollar; former is correct.

Born in Calcutta in 1910, enlisted in 1939 as Observer but became an Air Gunner.

Sgt Ollar was killed in action in Wellington Mk III - BJ615 - KO-G of 115 Sqn on 26th July 1942 - there were 6 airmen in this aircraft; the pilot was Wg Cdr F. W. Dixon-Wright and the target was Hamburg.
The Squadron lost 4 aircraft that night; 13 aircrew surviving to become POW and 8 being KIA.
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