115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

29/30 August 1944

Lancaster Mk I - ME718 KO-G

T/O Witchford 2114 - target Stettin, Poland. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Ove 12 Km of Hobro, Denmark.

ME718 was attacked by a German night fighter and caught fire. At approx. 00:10 hours it crashed near Ove northeast of Hobro killing all onboard. The bomb load exploded when the Lancaster hit the ground spreading wreckage and human remains over a wide area. The Germans did not want to collect the human parts and left them in the field.

The locals were abused by this behaviour and collected the remains in wickerwork baskets. The Wehrmacht ordered the Danes to hand the baskets over, and these were thrown in the crater at the crash site and covered it. When the Germans had left the area, the locals together with members of the Civil Air Defence opened the crater and placed the remains in a coffin which was driven to Ove church.

On 4/9 1944 the flyers were laid to rest in Ove cemetery unknown to the Wehrmacht, Vicar A. BundgÄrd officiating at the graveside ceremony.

Source Air War over Denmark

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III PB131 KO-W, 7 KIA

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

402 Lancasters and 1 Mosquito of Nos 1,3, 6 and 8 Groups ordered to Stettin.

This was a successful raid, hitting parts of Stettin which had escaped damage in previous attacks.

23 Lancasters lost, 5.7 per cent of the force.

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

Chatterton Edward Chatterton Edward - Pilot

F/L - Service No J24313

Age: 26

RCAF

Son of Thomas Eden Chatterton and Janet McNeary Chatterton, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Ove Churchyard, Denmark - 4 September collective grave in one coffin.

Source: CWGC.

Farndale Bernard Farndale Bernard - FE

Sgt - Service No 1824896

Age: 25

RAFVR

Son of Arthur Edwin and Mary Annie Farndale, of Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire.

Ove Churchyard, Denmark - 4 September collective grave in one coffin.

Source: CWGC.

Sankey William George Sankey William George - Nav

P/O - Service No 197338

Age: 34

RAFVR

Son of George Edwin and Edith Emily Sankey.
Husband of Edith May Sankey, of Romford, Essex. B.A. (Lond.).

Ove Churchyard, Denmark - 4 September collective grave in one coffin.

Source: CWGC.

Taylor Leslie Taylor Leslie - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1577966

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Ove Churchyard, Denmark - 4 September collective grave in one coffin.

Source: CWGC.

Kovacich Anthony Michael Kovacich Anthony Michael - BA

F/O - Service No J25524

Age: 28

RCAF - USA

Son of Husband of Jane A. Kovacich, of Edinburgh.

Ove Churchyard, Denmark - 4 September collective grave in one coffin.

Source: CWGC.

Reeb John Couzens Reeb John Couzens - MUG

P/O - Service No J95461

Age:

RCAF

Son of

Ove Churchyard, Denmark - 4 September collective grave in one coffin.

Source: CWGC.

Bullock Donald Bullock Donald - RG

Sgt - Service No 1815790

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Norton and Mary Emily Bullock, of Blackheath, Staffordshire.

Ove Churchyard, Denmark - 4 September collective grave in one coffin.

Source: CWGC.