115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

22 September 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS675 KO-E

T/O little Snoring 1918 - Target Hannover, Germany. Subjected to a concerted attack by two night fighters over the target. After the fourth attack the Navigator and Bomb Aimer managed to bale out at low altitude.

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

PO Pipe later reported "On the night of 22/23rd September 1943, DS 675 was attacked but the gunner managed to beat it off. I spoke over the intercom to WO Goldsmith congratulating him on his action, in fact all members spoke to each other. Later we were attacked again and one of the engines made unserviceable. I called up Goldsmith but received no reply but I heard very faintly Sgt Cowling who was at the flare hatch at the back of the aircraft He said he would ascertain if Goldsmith was OK. I also received no reply from the mid upper gunner. Soon after we were attacked again and the aircraft was raked from the front to the rear position, after which the Captain ordered abandon. I went up to PO Fuggle the WAG to go up to our bale out position, when I was suddenly flung forward. I found myself on the forward escape hatch. As I was lying on the hatch I saw the pilot start to leave his seat. I then baled out followed by Sgt Heath. I did not notice anyone else leave the aircraft on the way down. I landed a short distance from the aircraft. Later I saw Sgt Heath and he told me that the second pilot had baled out before us, but neither of us knew his fate. Sgt Heath told me that when he left the aircraft was at a very low altitude and it is very impossible that the Captain escaped from the aircraft before it crashed. I did not know the fate of any other member of the crew."

Source: awm.gov.au

O'Farrell Patrick Thomas O'Farrell Patrick Thomas - Pilot

F/O - Service No 409216

Age: 21

RAAF

Son of Francis Stewart O'Farrell and Kathleen Harriet O'Farrell, of Northcote, Victoria, Australia.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 11. G. 11.

Source: CWGC.

Ward Cornelius David Ward Cornelius David - 2nd Pilot

F/S - Service No 416812

Age: 24

RAAF

Son of Cornelius and Maud Ward.
Husband of Ethel Joyce Ward, of Goodwood Park, South Australia.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 11. G. 9.

Source: CWGC.

Cowling Donald Leonard Cowling Donald Leonard - FE

Sgt - Service No 645715

Age: 28

RAF

Son of William Donald and Mabel Cowling, of Southend-on-Sea, Essey.

Hanover War Cemetery - joint grave 11. G. 13-14.

Source: CWGC.

Pipe K. A Pipe K. A. - Nav

P/O - Service No 401442

Age: - POW No 2632 Luft 3.

RNZAF

Son of

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

Fuggle Reginald Fuggle Reginald - WOP

P/O - Service No 403619 - DFM

Age: 26

RNZAF

Son of Frank Ernest and Mary Edith Fuggle, of Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 11. G. 12.

Source: CWGC - photo Yorkshire Aircraft - Wellington Z1400

Heath D. P. Heath D. P. - BA

Sgt - Service No 1389318

Age: - POW No 572 Luft 6.

RAFVR

Son of

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

Goldsmith Lionel Manuel Goldsmith Lionel Manuel - MUG

W/O - Service No 40919

Age: 27

RNZAF - On strength of 1678 Conversion Flight.

Son of Joseph Isaac and Deborah Goldsmith, of Wellington City, New Zealand.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 11. G. 10.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum

Bean Harold Dennis Bean Harold Dennis - RG

Sgt - Service No 1357541

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Walter and Emily Frances Bean, of Plumstead, London.
Husband of Lilian Bean.

Hanover War Cemetery - joint grave 11. G. 13-14.

Source: CWGC.