115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

26/27 April 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS609 KO-M

T/O East Wretham 0108 - Target Duisburg, Germany. Crashed at Oberhausen.

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

561 aircraft - 215 Lancasters, 135 Wellingtons, 119 Halifaxes, 78 Stirlings, 14 Mosquitos.

This heavy raid was a partial failure. The Pathfinders claimed to have marked the target accurately but daylight reconnaissance showed that most of the bombing had fallen to the north-east of Duisburg; the Main Force may have bombed too early or they may have been lured by early fires short of the target.
However, Duisburg had more than 300 buildings destroyed and a death roll of between 130 and 207 (reports vary).
4 of the Mosquitos taking part in this raid were from No 2 Group; they bombed Duisburg 3 hours after the main raid, then dived hard and flew back to England at low level. Bombs hit 6 other towns in the Ruhr.

17 aircraft - 7 Halifaxes, 5 Wellingtons, 3 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings - lost, 3.0 per cent of the force.

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

Minnes Harvey B Minnes Harvey B - Pilot

P/O - Service No J16658 - DFC.

Age:

RCAF

Son of Artie Rutherford Minnis and Dorcas Lyola Minnis, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.12.

Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Webster Leigh Gordon Webster Leigh Gordon - FE

Sgt - Service No 523101

Age: 26

RAF

Son of Percy Leigh Webster, and of Constance Clara Webster, of Liverpool.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.14.

Source: CWGC.

Snook William Charles Snook William Charles - Nav

Sgt - Service No 655955

Age: 25

RAF

Son of William Charles and Ellan Louisa Snook.
Husband of Joy Lillian Snook, of Hollingbury, Brighton, Sussex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.18.

Source: CWGC.

Law Norman Law Norman - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1077194 - DMF

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of William and Annie Isabella Law, of Gateshead, Co. Durham.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.B.15.

Source: CWGC.

Timms Wilfred Arthur Timms Wilfred Arthur - BA

Sgt - Service No 1220111 - DMF

Age: 27

RAFVR

Husband of Irene Ada Agnes Timms, of Bath, Somerset.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.15.

Source: CWGC.

Thorpe Charles Edward Thorpe Charles Edward - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1800350

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.13.

Source: CWGC.

Foster Edward Austin Nixon Foster Edward Austin Nixon - RG

P/O - Service No J17091 - DFC

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Foster.
Husband of Gloria Oakes (x February 1941), of Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
One son Kenneth, who he never had seen.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.11.

Source: CWGC - photo and info Canadian Virtual War Memorial - findagrave.com