115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

10/11 April 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS604 KO-B

T/O East Wretham 0050 - Target Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Shot down and crashed 0229 at Soisons, near Rethel, Ardennes, France.
*DS604 with a total of only 49 hours service, had been claimed to have been shot down by Oblt. Kurt Fladrich 1./NJG1 - 1 km North of Le Thour, Ardennes, France at 02.28hrs. Kurt Fladrich became an ace with 15 kills and survived the war.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan. - * more info Aircrew remembered

502 aircraft - 144 Wellingtons, 136 Lancasters, 124 Halifaxes, 98 Stirlings - raided Frankfurt.

Complete cloud cover in the target area again led to a failure. The bombing photographs of every aircraft showed nothing but cloud and Bomber Command had no idea where bombs had fallen. Frankfurt reports only a few in the suburbs of the city south of the River Main.

21 aircraft - 8 Wellingtons, 5 Lancasters, 5 Stirlings, 3 Halifaxes - lost, 4.2 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary April 1943.

Thomas Arthur Brinley Thomas Arthur Brinley - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1312656

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Le Thour Communal Cemetery, Departement Ardennes, France - grave 8.

Source: CWGC.

Lambert Milford Alexander Lambert Milford Alexander - FE

Sgt - Service No R70699

Age: 31

RCAF

Son of Robert and Sarah A. Lambert, of Welwyn, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Le Thour Communal Cemetery, Departement Ardennes, France - grave 1.

Source: CWGC.

Wilson Valentine Robertson Wilson Valentine Robertson - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1389001

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of Valentine and Nellie Wilson; stepson of Christine Wilson, of Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Le Thour Communal Cemetery, Departement Ardennes, France - joint grave 4-5.

Source: CWGC - King's College London.

Smith Campbell Murray Smith Campbell Murray - WOP

Sgt - Service No R84121

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of John and Isabel Smith. of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Le Thour Communal Cemetery, Departement Ardennes, France - grave 2.

Source: CWGC.

Andrew Douglas Seymour Andrew Douglas Seymour - BA

Sgt - Service No 1335131

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Seymour Amos and Mildred Andrew, of Staines, Middlesex.

Le Thour Communal Cemetery, Departement Ardennes, France - joint grave 4-5.

Source: CWGC.

Hudson Edward Victor Hudson Edward Victor - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1393093

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Cecil Victor and Edith Hudson, of Westminster, London.

Le Thour Communal Cemetery, Departement Ardennes, France - grave 6.

Source: CWGC.

Fitt Leonard Charles Fitt Leonard Charles - RG

Sgt - Service No 1332433

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Le Thour Communal Cemetery, Departement Ardennes, France - grave 3.

Source: CWGC.