115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

17/18 June 1944

Lancaster Mk I - HK559 A4-H

T/O Witchford 0102 - target Montdidier, France. Crashed at St. Just-en-Chausee, France.

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

317 aircraft - 196 Lancasters, 90 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos, 12 Stirlings - of Nos 1, 3, 4 and 8 Groups ,

attacked railway targets at Aulnoye, Montdidier and St Martin l'Hortier. 1 Lancaster was lost on the Montdidier raid. All targets were covered by cloud and the Master Bombers at Aulnoye and Montdidier ordered their forces to stop bombing after only 7 and 12 aircraft had bombed respectively. 87 aircraft of No 4 Group bombed their target at St Martin l'Hortier but no results were seen.

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

HK559
More info and photo's Asaa Picardie 39/45

Traill John Alan Traill John Alan - Pilot

P/O - Service No 423186

Age: 21

RAAF

Son of Dr. Alan James Traill, and Katharine Mary Traill, of Burwood, New South Wales, Australia.

Gannes Communal Cemetery, Departement Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC - photo Asaa Picardie 39/45

Dawson Douglas Albert Dawson Douglas Albert - FE

Sgt - Service No 574270

Age: 22

RAF

Son of Albert and Alice Dawson, of Ossett, Yorkshire.

Gannes Communal Cemetery, Departement Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC - photo Asaa Picardie 39/45

Smith Ian Harrison Smith Ian Harrison - Nav

F/S - Service No 423913

Age: 21

RAAF

Son of William Harrison Smith and Clyda Ann Smith of North Bondi, New South Wales, Australia.

Gannes Communal Cemetery, Departement Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC - photo Asaa Picardie 39/45

Duff Peter Duff Peter - WOP

W/O - Service No 1059197

Age: 34

RAFVR

Son of Alexander and Margaret Duff, of Dundee.

Gannes Communal Cemetery, Departement Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC - photo Asaa Picardie 39/45

Van Cooten John William Van Cooten John William - BA

F/S - Service No 426716

Age: 22

RAAF

Son of William John Fraser Van Cooten and Lucy Van Cooten, of South Brisbane, Queensland. Australia.

Gannes Communal Cemetery, Departement Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC - photo Asaa Picardie 39/45

Stapley Ernest Edwin Stapley Ernest Edwin - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1896471

Age: 35

RAFVR

Son of Frank Stuart Stapley and Frances Sarah Stapley.
Husband of Dorothy Rose Stapley, of Wood Green, Middlesex.

Gannes Communal Cemetery, Departement Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC - photo Asaa Picardie 39/45

Laxton Kenneth Edgar Laxton Kenneth Edgar - RG

Sgt - Service No 1816757

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of John William and Lizzie Laxton, of Hall Green, Birmingham.

Gannes Communal Cemetery, Departement Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC - photo Asaa Picardie 39/45