115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

25 October 1944

Lancaster Mk I - PD276 KO-X

T/O Witchford 1323 - target Essen, Germany.

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

771 aircraft - 508 Lancasters, 251 Halifaxes, 12 Mosquitos - attacked Essen.

The bombing was aimed at skymarkers, because the target area was covered by cloud. The Bomber Command report states that the attack became scattered, but the local Essen report shows that more buildings were destroyed - 1,163 - than in the heavier night attack which had taken place 36 hours previously.
A photographic reconnaissance flight which took place after this raid showed severe damage to the remaining industrial concerns in Essen, particularly to the Krupps steelworks. Some of the war industry had already moved to small, dispersed factories but the coal mines and steelworks of the Ruhr were still important.
The Krupps steelworks were particularly hard-hit by the two raids and there are references in the firm's archives to the 'almost complete breakdown of the electrical supply network' and to 'a complete paralysis'. The Borbeck pig-iron plant ceased work completely and there is no record of any further production from this important section of Krupps.

Much of Essen's surviving industrial capacity was now dispersed and the city lost its role as one of Germany's most important centres of war production.

2 Halifaxes and 2 Lancasters lost.

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

Stuart Paul Alfred Stuart Paul Alfred - Pilot

F/O - Service No 418309

Age: 20

RAAF

Son of Leslie Kemnitz Stuart and Daphne May Stuart, of West Pymble, New South Wales, Australia.

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 26. G. 6.

Source: CWGC.

Spiden David Christie Spiden David Christie - FE

Sgt - Service No 950495

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of John Tunnah Spiden and Mary Spiden, of Duns, Berwickshire.

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 26. G. 5.

Source: CWGC.

Langton Edwin Kay Lovell Langton Edwin Kay Lovell "John" - Nav

F/O - Service No 426462

Age: 28 - °‎15 March 1916, East Toowoomba, Queensland.

RAAF

Son of Reginald Sydney Langton (left his wife and family around 1924) and Lilla Glennie Tidswell.
Hunband of Barbara

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 26. G. 4.

Source: CWGC - more info Lost Langtons

Birch Eric Eyles Birch Eric Eyles - WOP

F/S - Service No 429445

Age: 20

RAAF

Son of Reginald Sidney and Lilla Glennie Langton.
Husband of Barbara Gibson Langton, of Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia.

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave

Source: CWGC.

Wilson Victor Henry Wilson Victor Henry - BA

F/O - Service No J37822

Age: 30

RCAF

Son of Henry Stowe Wilson and Agnus Wilson, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Husband of Myrtle Kathleen Faux, of Toronto.

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 26. G. 2.

Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Mason John Frederick Mason John Frederick - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1881521

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - joint grave 26. G. 7-8.

Source: CWGC.

Templeman William Jack Edward Templeman William Jack Edward - RG

Sgt - Service No 1811207

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of joint grave 26. G. 7-8.

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave

Source: CWGC.