115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

19/20 May 1944

Lancaster Mk I - HK547 A4-F

T/O Witchford 2209 - Target Le Mans, France. Crashed at Allones, 3 Km NW of Le Mans Aerodrome.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.

112 Lancasters and 4 Mosquitos of Nos 3 and 8 Groups.

The majority of the bombs hit the railway yards and caused serious damage. The local report says that the locomotive sheds were destroyed, an ammunition train (or some ammunition wagons) blew up, 2 main lines were destroyed and all other lines blocked because overhead power lines were brought down across the tracks.

Unfortunately the Lancasters of the Master Bomber and his deputy collided over the target and crashed. The Master Bomber was a brilliant young New Zealander, Wing Commander J. F. Barron, DSO and Bar, DFC, DFM, and the Deputy Master Bomber was Squadron Leader J. M. Dennis, DSO, DFC They were both killed; both were from No 7 Squadron.

1 other Lancaster was lost.

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

Atkin Samuel Stephen Atkin Samuel Stephen - Pilot

P/O - Service No 172115

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of George and Catherine Atkin, of Dronfield, Derbyshire.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe - Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 24.

Source: CWGC.

Hayward John Victor Hayward John Victor - 2nd Pilot

F/O - Service No 139986

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe - Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 25.

Source: CWGC.

Plumb Ivor Collins Plumb Ivor Collins - FE

Sgt - Service No 1804691

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of homas William and Doreen Jean Plumb, of Bromley, Kent.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe - Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 27.

Source: CWGC.

Mather Kenneth Richard Mather Kenneth Richard - Nav

P/O - Service No 173890

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Sydney and Kathleen Mather, of Plymouth.
Husband of Blanche R. E. Mather, of Mannamead, Plymouth.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe - Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 26.

Source: CWGC.

Giles Reginald Frederick Arthur Giles Reginald Frederick Arthur - WOP

F/S - Service No 1317796

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Frederick Richard Arthur and Dorothy Elizabeth Giles, of Brixham, Devon.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe - Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 14.

Source: CWGC.

Jones Rhys Webb Jones Rhys Webb - BA

P/O - Service No 410064

Age: 25

RAAF

Son of Lloyd Britton Jones and Rachel Jones.
Husband of Jessie Nimmo Tulloch Jones, of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe - Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 21.

Source: CWGC - photo and more info Aircrew Remembered

Rafferty Joseph Rafferty Joseph - MUG

Sgt - Service No 955666

Age: 34

RAFVR

Son of

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe - Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 28.

Source: CWGC.

Mehden Leonard Eugene Mehden Leonard Eugene - RG

P/O - Service No 423152

Age: 24

RAAF

Son of Carl and Letitia Mehden.
Husband of Jocelyne Marjorie Mehden, of Kings Cross, New South Wales, Australia.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe - Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 15.

Source: CWGC.