115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

27/28 May 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS655 KO-W

T/O East Wretham 2320 - Target Essen, Germany. Shot down by flak.

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

518 aircraft - 274 Lancasters, 151 Halifaxes, 81 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitos dispatched to Essen.

The weather was cloudy and skymarking had to be used. The main bombing was scattered, with many aircraft undershooting. The limited damage caused in Essen was mainly in the central and northern districts. Bombs fell in 10 surrounding Ruhr towns.

23 aircraft - 11 Halifaxes, 6 Lancasters, 5 Wellingtons, 1 Mosquito - lost, 4.4 per cent of the force.

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

Cammell G. W. Cammell G. W. - Pilot

F/O - Service No 415290

Age:

RNZAF - POW No 1401 Stalag Luft III.

Son of

Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Baker Eric Gordon Fay Beaumont Baker Eric Gordon Fay Beaumont - FE

Sgt - Service No 578114

Age: 19

RAF

Son of Thomas Benjamin and Ivy Gladys Baker, of Selsey-on-Sea, Sussex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 19.F.14.

Source: CWGC.

Cooper George William Cooper George William - Nav

F/O - Service No 124578

Age: 25

RAFVR

Son of Albert and Hephzibah Cooper, of Langford, Bedfordshire.
Husband of Clarice Cooper.

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

Source: CWGC.

Parker George Albert Parker George Albert - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1293717

Age: 32

RAFVR

Son of Ernest John and Florence Parker.
Husband of Constance Parker, of Edgware, Middlesex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - joint grave 19.F.15.

Source: CWGC.

Pye Halford Douglas Pye Halford Douglas - BA

F/O - Service No 412736

Age: 23

RNZAF

Husband of James Douglas Pye and F. Gwendoline Dickey (x Waihi on 14 December 1916), of Katikati, Auckland, New Zealand.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 19.F.13.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museummore info tauranga Memories

Williams David Stuart Williams David Stuart - MUG

F/O - Service No 130932

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - joint grave 19.F.15.

Source: CWGC.

Ryland-Reid Robert Ryland-Reid Robert "Roy" - RG

F/O - Service No 130931

Age:

RAFVR

Son of - Husband of Elisabeth ?

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 19.F.12.

Source: CWGC.