2/3 August 1943
Lancaster Mk II - DS673 KO-V
|T/O East Wretham 2350 - target Hamburg, Germany. Shot down by Ofw Heitmann of the I./NJG3 and crashed in the sea off Wilhelmshaven. Their 9th operation.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
740 aircraft - 329 Lancasters, 235 Halifaxes, 105 Stirlings, 66 Wellingtons, 5 Mosquitos despatched on a failed raid to Hamburg.
The bombing force encountered a large thunderstorm area over Germany and many crews turned back early or bombed alternative targets. At least 4 aircraft, probably more, were lost because of icing, turbulence or were struck by lightning. No Pathfinder marking was possible at Hamburg and only scattered bombing took place there. Many other towns in a 100-mile area of Northern Germany received a few bombs. A sizeable raid developed on the small town of Elmshorn, 12 miles from Hamburg. It is believed that a flash of lightning set a house on fire here and bomber crews saw this through a gap in the storm clouds and started to bomb the fire.
30 aircraft - 13 Lancasters, 10 Halifaxes, 4 Wellingtons, 3 Stirlings - lost, 4.1 per cent of the force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1943.
|Bennett Robert William - Pilot
Sgt - Service No 1338150
Son of William Colenso Calder Bennett and Catherine Bennett, of Streatham Hill, London.
Saga War Cemetery - grave 4. D. 8.
|Hodges William Henry - FE
Sgt - Service No 1388688
Son of Henry George and Adelaide Maud Hodges, of Pitsea, Essex.
Saga War Cemetery - grave 4. D. 7.
|Fuller Leslie Ernest - Nav
Sgt - Service No 1333900
Son of Stanley Daniel Fuller, born 1894, Ipswich and Evelyn Ivy M. Tricker, born 1897, Ipswich.
Saga War Cemetery - grave 4. D. 3.
Source: CWGC - more info Ipswich War Memorial
|Read Dudley Herbert - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1389067
Son of Herbert G. and Dorothy V. Read.
Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 27.J.4.
|Sparrow Herbert Alfred - BA
Sgt - Service No 1318964
Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 27.J.5.
|Schlegel Kenneth Eckert - MUG
F/S - Service No R152251
Age: 22 °14 November 1920
Son of Herbert C. and Pearl Boan (x 3 January 1912), of Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.
Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 27.J.6.
Source: CWGC - photo Ipswich War Memorial
|Bellamy Dudley William - RG
F/S - Service No 903979
Son of Frederick C. and Ellen Bellamy, of Knowle, Bristol
Saga War Cemetery - grave 4. D. 11.