1940 - 1945
18 October 1944
Lancaster Mk I - HK544 KO-U
|T/O Witchford 0831 - target Bonn, Germany. Lost without trace. *Crashed at 13:14 north east of Koudekerke Holland into the Northsea after being hit by Flak.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - *Wings to Victory.
128 Lancasters were dispatched.
This was the first major operation by No 3 Group in the new independent role which its commander, Air Vice-Marshal R Harrison, had been granted. Approximately one third of the group's Lancasters were now fitted with the G-H blind-bombing device and No 3 Group were to operate on days when the ground was concealed by cloud but when the cloud tops did not exceed 18,000ft.
The attack was a complete success. The heart of old Bonn was destroyed, with its university, many cultural and public buildings and a large residential area being burnt out. The local report says that the home in which Beethoven lived was saved 'by the courageous actions of its caretakers'.
700 buildings were destroyed and 1,000 were seriously damaged.
1 aircraft was lost.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary October 1944.
|Smith Kenneth Victor - Pilot
F/O - Service No 423077
Son of Hillas William Smith, and of Eva Mabel Smith, of Miranda, New South Wales, Australia.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 258
|Rutson George Jack - FE
Sgt - Service No 1894564
Son of Frank and Elsie Rutson.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 237
|Greener Thomas - Nav
Sgt - Service No 1673038
Runnymede Memorial - panel 230
|Denholm Robert Russell - WOP
F/S - Service No 417567
Son of James William and Myra Pauline Denholm, of Cumberland Park, South Australia.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 260
Source: CWGC - photo Australian War Memorial
|Skelton Ivan George - BA
F/O - Service No 152714
Son of William George and Ada Skelton, of Luton, Bedfordshire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 209
Source: CWGC - photo Wings to Victory
|Mason Eric Thomas - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1814786
Runnymede Memorial - panel 234
|Constable John Charles - RG
Sgt - Service No 1890908
Son of Alfred Charles and Cicely Ethel Constable, of Maidstone, Kent.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 227