115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

9 October 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS691 KO-B

T/O little Snoring 2340 - target Hannover, Germany. Shot down from 20,000 feet by a combination of flak and a night fighter. Crashed 0132 hours 3 km S of Fuhrberg, 22 km NNE of Hannover.

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

504 aircraft - 282 Lancasters, 188 Halifaxes, 26 Wellingtons, 8 Mosquitos.

This was the last Bomber Command raid in which Wellingtons took part. 300 (Polish) and 432 (Canadian) Squadrons provided the 26 Wellingtons which operated on this night; they all returned safely. The German controller guessed correctly that Hannover was the target and many night fighters arrived before the attack was over.
Conditions over Hannover were clear and the Pathfinders were finally able to mark the centre of the city accurately; a most concentrated attack followed with a creepback of only 2 miles, all within the built-up area. This was probably Hannover's worst attack of the war.

27 aircraft - 14 Lancasters and 13 Halifaxes - were lost, 5.4 per cent of the force.

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

Cade A. S. Cade A. S. - Pilot

P/O - Service No 117001

Age: - POW No 3008 Luft 3

RAFVR

Son of

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

Mitchell W. T. Mitchell W. T. - FE

Sgt - Service No 1542209

Age: - POW No 250744 Luft 3

RAFVR

Son of

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

Blewett W. C. Blewett W. C. - Nav

P/O - Service No J22401

Age: - POW No 2934 Luft 3

RCAF

Son of

+ 2005

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

Davis D. E. Davis D. E. - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1192416

Age: - POW No 261238 Stalag 4B

RAFVR

Son of

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

Pryde W. Pryde W. - BA

P/O - Service No J20889

Age: - POW No 2923 Luft 3

RCAF

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 197

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

Nethersole William Frederick Nethersole William Frederick - MUG

F/S - Service No 425541

Age: 27 - °1 Juni 1916, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

RAFVR

Son of Fredrick Joseph +22 March 1943 and Ethel May Parsons +6 December 1955, of Dayboro, Queensland, Australia.
Brother of Olga May °23 April 1920 / +30 mei 1942 and Ethel Jean °17 January 1922 / +20 January 1925. Also 2 more, who ?.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 3.D.12.

Source: CWGC - Family tree GINI by Richard Arthur Neary

Willis Herbert John Willis Herbert John - RG

F/S - Service No 1434099 - DMF

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 3.D.13.

Source: CWGC.