115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

8 September 1944

Lancaster Mk I - HK579 A4-B

T/O Witchford 0610 - target Le Havre, France. Shot down by flak and crashed at Le Havre.

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

333 aircraft - 304 Lancasters, 25 Mosquitos, 4 Stirlings - of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups attempted to bomb German positions at Le Havre but the weather was bad, with a low cloud base, and only 109 aircraft bombed, with indifferent results.

The 4 Stirlings on this raid, all from No 149 Squadron based at Methwold, were the last Bomber Command Stirlings to carry out a bombing operation. It is believed that Stirling LK396, piloted by Flying Officer JJ McKee, an Australian, was the last Stirling to bomb the target.

2 Lancasters lost.

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

Kilsby Albert Gothian Kilsby Albert Gothian - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1437393

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Ste. Marie Cemetery Le Havre, Departement Seine-Maritime, France - grave 67. G. 12.

Source: CWGC.

Backhouse E. Backhouse E. - FE

Sgt - Service No

Age: - POW No

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

Hawkins G. Hawkins George F. - Nav

F/S - Service No

Age: - EVA

Son of

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

Feary K. Feary K. - WOP

Sgt - Service No

Age: - POW No

Son of

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

Walls A. Walls A. - BA

Sgt - Service No

Age: - POW No

Son of

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

Odell Donald Carr Odell Donald Carr - MUG

P/O - Service No J95168

Age: 19 - °21 April 1925 Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada

RCAF

Son of Leslie Carr Odell and Leila Hazel H. Turner, of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada.

St. Marie Cemetery Le Havre, Departement Seine-Maritime, France - grave 67. G. 13.

Source: CWGC - Ancestry

Ovender R. Ovender(n) Ronald A. - RG

F/S - Service No

Age: - EVA

RCAF

Son of

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