115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

6/7 October 1944

Lancaster Mk I - LL880 KO-D

T/O Witchford 1645 - target Dortmund, Germany. Is thought to have been hit by flak in the target area.

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

523 aircraft - 248 Halifaxes, 247 Lancasters, 28 Mosquitos - of Nos 3, 6 and 8 Groups. No 6 Group provided 293 aircraft - 248 Halifaxes and 45 Lancasters.

The greatest effort by the Canadian group in the war. This raid opened a phase which some works refer to as 'The Second Battle of the Ruhr'.
The Pathfinder marking and the bombing were both accurate and severe damage was caused, particularly to the industrial and transportation areas of the city, although residential areas also suffered badly. Casualties on the ground were reported as 191 civilians killed, 38 missing with a further 418 injured.

5 aircraft - 2 Halifaxes (of No 6 Group), 2 Lancasters and 1 Mosquito - lost, less than 1 per cent of the force raiding this Ruhr target on a clear night.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary October 1944 - Aircrew Remebered

Erickson William Erickson William - Pilot

W/O - Service No 655068

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 8. B. 1.

Source: CWGC.

Dickson Harry Thomson Dickson Harry Thomson - FE

Sgt - Service No 1897116

Age: 38

RAFVR

Son of Andrew and Annie Dickson.
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Dickson, of Chiswick, Middlesex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 228

Source: CWGC.

Lee Jack Lee Jack - Nav

F/S - Service No 1128432

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Charles Herbert and Elsie Lee.
Husband of Joyce Lee, of Middleton, Manchester.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 17.

Source: CWGC.

Burgess George Frederick Burgess George Frederick - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1624834

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Fred and Jane Burgess, of Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 15.

Source: CWGC.

Tippin Arthur John Tippin Arthur John - BA

Sgt - Service No 1581522

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of
Husband of Doris Felicia Tippin, of Erdington, Birmingham.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 18.

Source: CWGC.

Truby James Truby James - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1595391

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of William and Theresa Truby, of Esh Winning, Co. Durham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 235

Source: CWGC.

Coe Cecil Robert Convy Michael - RG

Sgt - Service No 1824996

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of John and Margaret Convy, of Lochgelly, Fife.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 227

Source: CWGC.