115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

24/25 April 1944

Lancaster Mk I - HK542 KO-J

T/o Witchford 2205 - Target Karlsruhe, Germany. Shot down by night fighter Oberleutnant Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer of the IV./NJG 1. Crashed 9 km NE of Sint-Truiden, Belgium.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II: DS734 KO-Y, 7 KIA

Karlsruhe: 637 aircraft - 369 Lancasters, 259 Halifaxes, 9 Mosquitos - of all groups except No 5 Group.

Cloud over the target and a strong wind which pushed the Pathfinders too far north spoiled this attack. Only the northern part of Karlsruhe was seriously damaged and most of the bombs fell outside the city.

Mannheim, 30 miles to the north, recorded a raid by approximately 100 aircraft on this night and Darmstadt, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg were also hit by aircraft which failed to find the main target.

19 aircraft - 11 Lancasters, 8 Halifaxes - lost, 3.0 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary April 1944.

Bennett Peter Anthony Bennett Peter Anthony - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1601570

Age: 20


Son of Cecil H. (+ 12 July 1950 Marcham (All Saints) churchyard photo) and Evelyn G. Bennett, of Frilford, Berkshire.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.14

Source: CWGC - Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com

Plummer John Frederick Plummer John Frederick - FE

Sgt - Service No 1606785

Age: 19


Son of George Percival and Florence Hilda Plummer, of Ashley Down, Bristol.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.13

Source: CWGC - photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com - More info

Hoffman Adolf David Leon Hoffman Adolf David Leon - Nav

F/O - Service No 426598

Age: 21 °24 November 1922, Melbourne


Son of Charles Solomon and Hinda Sadie Hoffman, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.9

Source: CWGC - photo and info Australian War Memorial

Forth Norman Louis Forth Norman Louis - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1510806

Age: 22


Son of Arthur Victor and Nellie Forth.
Husband of Ethel Forth, of Layton, Blackpool, Lancashire.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.15

Source: CWGC - Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com

James Eugene Zegarchuk Zegarchuk James Eugene - BA

P/O - Service No J89947

Age: 22


Son of Julia Zegarchuk, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.10

CWGC - Photo via Erwin Sollie - More info

Holt Alan Holt Alan - MUG

Sgt - Service No 2209128

Age: 20


Son of Stanley and Muriel A. Holt, of Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.11

CWGC - Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com

McKelvie William McKelvie William - RG

Sgt - Service No 1567526



Son of William and Teresa McKelvie, of Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 5.E.12

CWGC - Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com