115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

26/27 August 1944

Lancaster Mk I - LM127 KO-H

T/O Witchford 2027 - target Kiel, Germany. Crashed in the North Sea.

Bomb Load: 1 x 4000lbs, 900 x 4lbs incendieries, 96 x 30lbs incendiaries.

Equipment: H2S FISHPOND.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk I HK560 A4-K, 7 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk I HK556 A4-F, 7 KIA

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

372 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups despatched to Kiel.

The Pathfinder marking was hampered by smoke-screens but the local report tells of a very serious raid with heavy bombing in the town centre and surrounding districts and widespread fires fanned by a strong wind. The Rathaus was completely burnt out and many other public buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged.

17 Lancasters lost, 4.6 per cent of the Lancaster force.

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

Morgan James Edward Morgan James Edward - Pilot

F/O - Service No 182018

Age: 29

RAFVR

Son of Ida Marion Morgan, of Hammersmith, London.

Washed ashore near Vester Vested 11 September 1944 and initially buried on the beach. He was exhumed on 9 November 1945 and reburied.

Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark - grave A. 13. 14.

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

Coote Kenneth Percy Coote Kenneth Percy - FE

Sgt - Service No 3000114

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Percy Cyril and Olive Beryl Coote, of Bromley, Kent.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 227

Source: CWGC.

Young Eric Young Eric - Nav

F/S - Service No 1487006

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Arthur and Emily Frances Young, of Birmingham.
Hhusband of Evelyn Blanche Young, of Yardley, Birmingham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 223

Source: CWGC.

Bell Maurice Bell Maurice - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1621754

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of William Morrish Bell and Harriet Emma Bell, of Castleford, Yorkshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 225

Source: CWGC.

O'Sullivan Desmond Francis O'Sullivan Desmond Francis - BA

F/O - Service No 151430

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of Michael J. and Mary E. O'Sullivan, of Camolin, Co. Wexford, Irish Republic.

Washed ashore and buried on 31 August 1944.

Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark - grave A. 12. 9.

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

Miller Ian Graham Campbell Miller Ian Graham Campbell - MUG

F/S - Service No 1552376

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 220

Source: CWGC.

Yates Tom Yates Tom - RG

P/O - Service No J95439 (R212527)

Age: 26

RCAF

Son of Tom and Janet Yates, of Hamilton, Ontario.

Washed ashore near Zandvoort, Netherland and was initially buried in the General Cemetery.

Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery - grave 1. H. 10.

Source: CWGC - 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - photo WW 2 talk.com