115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

18/19 October 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS683 KO-R

T/O little Snoring 1815 - target Hannover, Germany. Attacked over the target by a night fighter, whose fire killed Sgt Allen RCAF and wounded Sgts McCabe and Rogers. The a/c was severely damaged and returned to base at 2235 with two engines out of action and the elevators and trimming controls shot away.
W/OII Boutilier RCAF and Sgt. Rogers were awarded immediate DFC and DMF decorations respectively.

Lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS769 KO-H, 7 KIA.

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

360 Lancasters ordered to attack Hannover.

The target area was covered by cloud and the Pathfinders were not successful in marking the position of Hannover. The raid was scattered, with most bombs falling in open country north and north-west of the city.
This raid concluded the current series of raids on Hannover. Bomber Command had dispatched 2,253 sorties in 4 raids and 10 American B-17 sorties had also been flown.
1,976 aircraft claimed to have bombed in the target area. Only 1 raid had been completely successful but that had caused severe damage. 110 bombers were lost on the raids, 4.9 per cent of those dispatched.

18 Lancasters lost, 5.0 per cent of the force.

One of the Lancasters lost on the Hannover raid was the 5,000th Bomber Command aircraft lost on operations since the start of the war.
By the end of this night, the bombers had flown approximately 144,500 sorties - 90 per cent of them by night - and lost 5,004 aircraft - 4,365 by night and 639 by day - over enemy territory, crashed in the sea or shot down over England by German Intruders or 'friendly' defences.

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

Boutilier Edward Harold Boutilier Edward Harold - Pilot

W/OII - Service No R76385 - DFC

Age: 23 - +29 January 2004 age 84.

RCAF

Son of Ewart Boutilierand and Sadie Mason.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - more info Nova Scotia Obituaries

McCabe J. McCabe J. - FE

Sgt - Service No

Age: - injured

Son of

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

Franklin D. Franklin D. - Nav

F/S - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Rogers Wyndham Edgar Rogers Wyndham Edgar - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1381335 - DMF

Age: - injured

Son of

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

Horton A. Horton A. - BA

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Tugwell K. Tugwell K. - MUG

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Allen Sidney Allen Sidney - RG

Sgt - Service No R127565

Age: 21

RCAF

Son of William B. Allen and Elizabeth Allen, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Cambridge City Cemetery - grave 13924

Source: CWGC.