1940 - 1945
17/18 August 1943
Lancaster Mk II - DS630 KO-H
|T/O little Snoring 2025 - target Peenemunde, Germany. Crew on 3rd operation. Crashed at 0214 hours at Ostersoen 1 mile SE of Gedser, Denmark.
Route: 5510N 0700E - 5520N 0829E - PEENEMUNDE - MANO - 5510N 0700E.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
Twelve 115 Squadron Lancasters lined up for take-off at Little Snoring at around 21.30 hours, DS653, F/L Christianson - DS626, F/L Eggleston - DS720, F/L Starkey - DS659, F/O Barnes - DS630, F/O Pusey - DS691, F/O Seddon - DS722, P/O Cade - DS683, W/O Boutillier - DS678, W/O Hicks - DS667, F/S Tinn - DS631, F/S Townsend - DS664, F/S Wolfson.
Source: book 3 Group Bomber Command by Chris Ward
596 aircraft - 324 Lancasters, 218 Halifaxes, 54 Stirlings. This was the first raid in which 6 (Canadian) Group operated Lancaster aircraft. 426 Squadron dispatched 9 Lancaster IIs, losing 2 aircraft including that of the squadron commander, Wing Commander L Crooks, DSO, DFC.
This was a special raid which Bomber Command was ordered to carry out against the German research establishment on the Baltic coast where V2 rockets were being built and tested.
Bomber Command's losses were 40 aircraft - 23 Lancasters, 15 Halifaxes and 2 Stirlings. This represents 6.7 per cent of the force dispatched but was judged an acceptable cost for the successful attack on this important target on a moonlit night.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1943.
|Pusey Frederick Ronald Charles - Pilot
F/O - Service No 120587
Son of Frederick William and Ethel Henrietta Pusey, of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 129
|Leonard Thomas Marshall - FE
Sgt - Service No 1678529
Son of Thomas Phillips Leonard and Dorothy Leonard, of Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 156.
|Bruton Cecil Gilbert - Nav
F/O - Service No J22495
Runnymede Memorial - panel 173.
Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial
|Howard Leslie Pinnington - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1029361
Husband of Winifred F. Howard, of Tue Brook, Liverpool.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 154.
|Cable John Duncan Skelton - BA
P/O - Service No 139683
Son of Eric Grant Cable and Nellie Margaret Cable, of Radlett, Hertfordshire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 131.
|McKibbon Mervin George - MUG
Sgt - Service No R129152
Son of William Edward and Nellie McKibbon, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 186.
|Corbett John Joseph - RG
Sgt - Service No 1321331
Son of Florence Ellen Corbett and stepson of Richard Alfred Thurston, of South Lopham, Norfolk.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 146.