115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

16 December 1944

Lancaster Mk I - LL944 KO-Z

T/O Witchford 1203 - target Siegen, Germany. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Huchel, 1.5 Km W of Uckerath, 45 Km NNW of Koblenz.

115 Sqn ORB shows F/S Chatfield as the WOP but the AHB confirms that F/S Cornwell was the WOP on this operation.

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

The great German offensive in the Ardennes started on this day, with the object of capturing Brussels and the port of Antwerp and splitting the Allied armies into two parts.
The attack was launched under cover of poor weather conditions, with low cloud and mist, and it would be several days before the RAF and American bomber forces could intervene in the battle. 108 Lancasters of No 3 Group in a G-H raid on the railway yards at Siegen. The bombing was accurate enough to hit Siegen and the neighbouring town of Weidenau but not to destroy the railway yards which were hit by only a few bombs. Many public buildings and houses were destroyed in Siegen, which had not been bombed seriously before.

1 Lancaster lost.

*"The three members of our crew who survived owe our lives to David our pilot for his courage and determination. The plane had caught on fire and was flying on three engines with a bomb which had not been released because of ice. He kept the plane flying long enough to enable us to parachute out."

RAF Sgt E D Hutchinson

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary December 1944 - *Glebe Second World War Memorial

Robertson David Brownlee Robertson David Brownlee - Pilot

F/O - Service No J29156

Age: 24

RCAF

Son of George Robertson and Margaret Brownlee, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - joint grave 14. A. 23-24.

Source: CWGC - photo Find a grave

Hutchinson E. D. Hutchinson E. D. - FE

Sgt - Service No 159455

Age: - POW No

RAFVR

Son of

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

Trumble A. H. J. Trumble A. H. J. - Nav

P/O - Service No 188961

Age: POW No

RAFVR

Son of

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

Cornwell Ross George Cornwell Ross George - WOP

F/S - Service No 429928

Age: 22

RAAF

Son of

Rheinberg War Cemetery - joint grave 14. A. 23-24.

Source: CWGC.

Smith C. A. Smith C. A. - BA

F/O - Service No 154900

Age: POW No

RAFVR

Son of

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

Roberts Robert Daniel Roberts Robert Daniel - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1668201

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Richard and May Roberts, of Abertridwr, Glamorgan.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 14. A. 25.

Source: CWGC.

Roberts Dennis William Roberts Dennis William - RG

Sgt - Service No 1626114

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of William and Sarah Roberts, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 14. A. 22.

Source: CWGC.