115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

2/3 August 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS685 KO-A

T/O East Wretham 2342 - target Hamburg, Germany. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed in the North Sea off Cuxhaven, Germany. The crew were on their 9th operation.

Route: 5420N 0700E - 5345N 0832E - 5300N 1000E - HAMBURG - 5400N 1000E - 5430N 0700E.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS673 KO-V, 7 KIA.
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS715 KO-Q, 7 KIA.

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.

Button Cyril Button Cyril - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1339068

Age: 22 - °19 June 1921 - (1939, Railway Waggon Repair)

RAFVR

Son of Frederick Albert Button (°27 Feb. 1896 / +1968 4q Bath, Somerset) and (x1920 4q) Gertrude Eliza Dunford (°9 Aug. 1896 / +1974 4q Bath, Somerset), of Chilcompton, Somerset.
Two brothers, Stanley (°31 Dec. 1923 / +2004 4q Bath & North East Somerset), Wilfred (°23 Dec. 1925 / +2000 2q Bath & North East Somerset).

Runnymede Memorial - panel 135

Source: CWGC - Findmypast.

Bell Eric James Bell Eric James - FE

Sgt - Service No 1558567

Age: - °1921 1q, Gateshead, Durham.

RAFVR

Son of William Bell and (x1906 1q, Gateshead, Durham) Ada Potts (°1884 3q, Gateshead, Durham / +1950 4q, Gateshead, Durham) of Ravensworth, Co. Durham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 142

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Pasquins Richard Leonard Pasquins Richard Leonard - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1396394

Age: 20 - °1922 4q, Lambeth, London.

RAFVR

Son of Richard S. Pasquins and (x1922 2q, Lambeth, London) Dorothy Ada Moores (°1898 2q, Lambeth, London / +1968 1q, Lambeth, London) of Brixton, London.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 161

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Brown Charles Frederick Brown Charles Frederick - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1208686

Age: 31

RAFVR

Son of Walter and Kate E. Brown.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 143

Source: CWGC.

Petts Laurence Alfred Herbert Petts Laurence Alfred Herbert - BA

sgt - Service No 1321179

Age: 21 - °1922 3q, Barnet, Middlesex.

RAFVR

Son of Alfred William Petts (°28 Feb. 1888 / +1978 4q, Barnet, Middlesex) and (x1915 2q, Islington, London) Amy Sheldon (°13 May 1890, Islington, London / +1982 4q, Hendon, Middlesex) of Finchley, Middlesex.
One sister, Eileen E. (°1926 3q, Barnet).

Runnymede Memorial - panel 161

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Eade Lionel Walter Eade Lionel Walter - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1621889

Age: 21 - °1923 1q, Hammersmith, London.

RAFVR

Son of Lionel Dudley Eade (°18 June 1894 / +1967 1q, Watford, Hertfordshire) and (x1920 2q, Ipswich, Suffolk) Ethel Maria Warnes (°22 Feb. 1893 Ipswich, Suffolk / + ), of Oxhey, Hertfordshire.
One sister, Evelyn G. (°1921 4q Hammersmith, London/ +?), one brother, Harold D. (°1925 1q Hammersmith, London/ +?).

Runnymede Memorial - panel 148

Source: CWGC - Findmypast - photo via Roger Eade

Baiyley John Herbert Baily John Herbert - RG

Sgt - Service No 547782

Age: 24 - °1918 4q, West Derby, Lancashire.

RAF

Son of John Walker Baily (°1 Nov. 1882, West Derby, Lancashire / +1956 4q, Liverpool North, Lancashire) and (x1909 2q, West Derby, Lancashire) Edith Yates (°28 July 1884, West Derby, Lancashire / +).
Husband of Helen Couch (x1943 2q, Alesbury, Buckinghamshire), of Orrell, Bootle, Lancashire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 141

Source: CWGC - Findmypast.