115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

10/11 August 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS665 KO-N

T/O little Snoring 2205 - target Nuremberg, Germany. Broke up in mid air at 0430 hours and crashed at East Hall Farm, Boughton, Monchelsea, Kent.

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

653 aircraft - 318 Lancasters, 216 Halifaxes, 119 Stirlings to Nuremberg.

The Pathfinders attempted to ground-mark the city and, although their markers were mostly obscured by cloud, a useful attack developed in the central and southern parts of Nuremberg. The Lorenzkirche, the largest of the city's old churches, was badly damaged and about 50 of the houses in the preserved Altstadt were destroyed. There was a large 'fire area' in the Wöhrd district.

16 aircraft - 7 Halifaxes, 6 Lancasters, 3 Stirlings - lost, 2.5 per cent of the force.

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

Erwin John Henry Erwin John Henry - Pilot

F/O - Service No 125507

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Maidstone Cemetery - plot CC.1. grave 62.

Source: CWGC

Fannan Lawrence Peter Fannan Lawrence Peter - FE

Sgt - Service No 1673319

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Francis and Elizabeth Fannan, of Wibsey, Bradford.

Bradford (Bowling) Cemetery - grave Z.1257

Source: CWGC.

Chesser Ronald Etheridge Chesser Ronald Etheridge - Nav

F/O - Service No 138785

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of William Etheridge Chesser and Ethel May Chesser, of Nottingham.
Husband of Margery Florence Chesser.

Carlton Cemetery, Notts. - grave A.M.6.163.

Source: CWGC.

Oliver Gilbert Edward Oliver Gilbert Edward - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1130155

Age: 23

RAFFR

Son of Timothy Edward and Ivy Leah Oliver, of Hackney.

Abney Park Cemetery Stoke Newington, London - grave J.4.59342.

Source: CWGC.

Gardner Norman Philip Gardner Norman Philip - BA

F/O - Service No 132378

Age:

RAFVR

Son of Charles and Bertha Gardner.
Husband of Karen M. Gardner, of Alresford.

Winchester (Magdalen Hill) Cemetery Chilcomb, Hants. - grave F.1.105.

Source: CWGC.

Merritt Frederick Henry Merritt Frederick Henry - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1336498

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Frederick George and Edith Merritt, of Hounslow.

Heston (St. Leonard) Churchyard, Heston & Isleworth, Middlesex - Old Ground grave 5.BR.16.

Source: CWGC.

Bettridge Oliver Augustus Bettridge Oliver Augustus - RG

F/S - Service No R161867

Age: 21

RCAF

Son of Henry A. Bettridge and Caroline Bettridge, of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.

Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking Surrey - grave 45.E2.

Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial