115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

25/26 June 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS666 KO-J

T/O East Wretham 2354 - target Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Lost without trace.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS663 KO-C, 7 KIA

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

473 aircraft ordered to Gelsenkirchen - 214 Lancasters, 134 Halifaxes, 73 Stirlings, 40 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitos.

This was the first raid to the city since 1941, when it had been one of Bomber Command's regular 'oil targets', although, being in the middle of the Ruhr, this town had often been hit when other targets were attacked.

The raid was not a success. The target was obscured by cloud and the Oboe Mosquitos, for once, failed to produce regular and accurate marking since 5 of the 12 Oboe aircraft found that their equipment was unserviceable.

30 aircraft - 13 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes, 6 Stirlings, 4 Wellingtons - were lost, 6.3 per cent of the force.

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

Rashley Ronald Frederick Rashley Ronald Frederick - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1336977

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 162

Source: CWGC.

Beeston Frank Lynford Beeston Frank Lynford - FE

Sgt - Service No 1425681

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of William and Florence Edith Beeston, of Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 142

Source: CWGC.

Sibbald Clyde Maxwell Sibbald Clyde Maxwell - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1049563

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of John Patrick and Carlotta Sibbald, of Wallsend, Northumberland.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 164

Source: CWGC - photo Aircrew Remembered courtesy Chris Sibbald.

Corns Alexander Corns Alexander - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1131924

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 146

Source: CWGC.

Davidson Gideon Davidson Gideon - BA

Sgt - Service No J20818

Age:

RCAF

Son of Jacob Davidson (mother +) of 2509 West 18th Avenue, Vancouver.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 173

Source: CWGC - Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Green Ernest Green Ernest - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1581444

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Frederick and Sabina Green, of Braunstone, Leicestershire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 151

Source: CWGC.

Worsdale Albert Worsdale Albert - RG

Sgt - Service No 1577574

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of John Edward and Bertha Worsdale, of Lincoln.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 170

Source: CWGC.