115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

8 June 1944

Lancaster Mk I - LL864 A4-H2

T/O Witchford 0027 - target Chevreuse, France. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed into a field 200 yards from a road leading to Vernon,a small town 38 Km SE of Rouen.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk I HK548, KO-W, 2 KIA, 5 EVA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III ND760 A4-K, 7 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III ND761 A4-C, 7 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III ND790 KO-H, 7 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk I HK552 KO-J, 6 KIA, 1 POW

The target was a major road bridge in Paris between Massy and Palaiseau. Its destruction would seriously hamper the movement of reinforcements to the invasion Front. To avoid loss of French cicilian life orders were to wait for the Master Bomber to verify that the markers were correct before bombing took place. There was thick ground haze and the Master Bomber went u/s.
The deputy took some time to get it all together and in the meantime the force of 337 bombers sent to various targets around Paris waited. It was a clear night and the night fighters descended.

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

337 aircraft - 195 Halifaxes, 122 Lancasters, 20 Mosquitos.

Attacks railway targets at Achères, Juvisy, Massey Palaiseau and Versailles. Bombing conditions were better than on the previous night. All targets were accurately bombed and, although no details are available, it is probable that fewer civilians were killed. The targets were mostly more distant from the battle front than those recently attacked and German night fighters had more time to intercept the bomber forces.

17 Lancasters and 11 Halifaxes were lost, 8.3 per cent of the forces involved.

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

LL864In the background 115 Squadron Lancaster LL695. She was delivered to 514 Squadron on 10 April 1944. Lost on the Duisburg raid, 21/22 May 1944, 3 KIA, 2 POW, 2 EVA.

Back Row;

P/O Maude Ronald
Sgt Anderson Alan
F/O Tovey Ronald
P/O Forster Harold

Front row;

Sgt Fyfe Jack
Sgt Sutherland Robert
Sgt Penton Kenneth

Source: photo and more info Aircrew Remebered

Maude Ronald Peter Maude Ronald Peter - Pilot

P/O - Service No 174531

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Edgar Ringrose Maude and Elsie Boyfield Maude, of Gloucester.

Giverny Churchyard, Departement Eure, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Anderson Alan Herbert Anderson Alan Herbert - FE

Sgt - Service No 1590890

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Herbert and Florence Hilda Anderson, of North Shields, Northumberland.

Giverny Churchyard, Departement Eure, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Tovey Ronald William Tovey Ronald William - Nav

F/O - Service No 55041

Age: 23

RAF

Son of

Giverny Churchyard, Departement Eure, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Fyfe Jack Leslie Fyfe Jack Leslie - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1340922

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of William and Isabella Leslie Fyfe, of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire.

Giverny Churchyard, Departement Eure, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Foster Harold Arthur Foster Harold Arthur - BA

P/O - Service No 177401

Age: 31

RAF

Son of Arthur and Alice Lily Foster.
Husband of Joan Rosamund Foster, of Coventry.

Giverny Churchyard, Departement Eure, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Penton Kenneth Penton Kenneth - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1607978

Age: - 20

RAFVR

Son of Charles and Evelyn Penton, of Southampton.

Giverny Churchyard, Departement Eure, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Sutherland Robert Donald John Sutherland Robert Donald John - RG

Sgt - Service No 1567609

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of John Macpherson Sutherland and Helen Sutherland, of Golspie, Sutherlandshire.

Giverny Churchyard, Departement Eure, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.