115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

11/12 June 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS647 KO-N

T/O East Wretham 0027 - Target Dusseldorf, Germany. Shot down by Maj Werner Streib of the 1./NJG1 and crashed in the Oranjeboomstraat, Mill, North Braband, Nedherlands, at 0216 hours.

Route: 5145N 0350E - 5055N 0630E - DUSSELDORF - 5117N 0630E - NOORDWIJK.

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

783 aircraft - 326 Lancasters, 202 Halifaxes, 143 Wellingtons, 99 Stirlings, 13 Mosquitos. 

The Pathfinder marking plan proceeded excellently until an Oboe Mosquito inadvertently released a load of target indicators 14 miles north-east of the target area. This caused part of the Main Force to waste its bombs on open country. But the main bombing caused extensive damage in the centre of Düsseldorf, where 130 acres were claimed as destroyed, and this proved to be the most damaging raid of the war for this city. 

38 aircraft - 14 Lancasters, 12 Halifaxes, 10 Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings - lost, 4.9 per cent of the force.

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

Fox Douglas Parr Fox Douglas Parr - Pilot

Squadron Leader - Service No 61479 - DFC

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of John Maxwell Fox and Edith Isabella Fox, of Aberdeen.

Uden War Cemetery - collective grave 5. H. 5-8 - Buried on 14 June 1943.

Source: CWGC.

Nixon Peter Francis Nixon Peter Francis - FE

Sgt - Service No 957106

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Sydney Rogers Nixon and Elsie Jane Nixon, of Maney, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.

Uden War Cemetery - grave 5. H. 10. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

Source: CWGC.

Spring Kenneth Loren Spring Kenneth Loren - Nav

W/OII - Service No R102127

Age:

RCAF

Son of

Uden War Cemetery - grave 5. F. 10. - Buried on 24 June 1943.

Source: CWGC.

Johnson Alan Morton Johnson Alan Morton - WOP

F/S - Service No 1380770

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Harold D. and Dorothy A. Johnson, of Swindon, Wiltshire.

Uden War Cemetery - collective grave 5. H. 5-8. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

Source: CWGC.

Chapman Philip Arthur Chapman Philip Arthur - BA

F/S - Service No 1380243

Age: 20

RAFVR

Husband of Arthur Albert and A. Frances Chapman, of Wallington, Surrey.

Uden War Cemetery - collective grave 5. H. 5-8. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

Source: CWGC.

Bulmer Albert Derek Bulmer Albert Derek - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1334618

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Albert Henry and Dorothy Bulmer, of Winchmore Hill, Middlesex.

Uden War Cemetery - grave 5. H. 9. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

Source: CWGC.

Spires Alan Seblery Spires Alan Seblery - RG

F/S - Service No 974262 - DFM

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Uden War Cemetery - collective grave 5. H. 5-8. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

Source: CWGC.