115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

14 January 1944

Lancaster Mk II - DS720 KO-D

T/O Witchford 1701 - target Brunswick, Germany. 3 Group. Crashing either near Hope or south of the target area near Halchter, in the SE outskirts of Wolfenbüttel.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster MK II LL673 KO-G, 8 KIA

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

496 Lancasters and 2 Halifaxes on the first major raid to Brunswick of the war.

The German running commentary was heard following the progress of the bomber force from a position only 40 miles from the English coast and many German fighters entered the bomber stream soon after the German frontier was crossed near Bremen.
The German fighters scored steadily until the Dutch coast was crossed on the return flight. 11 of the lost aircraft were Pathfinders. Brunswick was smaller than Bomber Command's usual targets and this raid was not a success. The city report describes this only as a 'light' raid, with bombs in the south of the city which had only 10 houses destroyed and 14 people killed. Most of the attack fell either in the countryside or in Wolfenbüttel and other small towns and villages well to the south of Brunswick.

38 Lancasters lost, 7.6 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary January 1944.

Blackwell Frank Sylvester Blackwell Frank Sylvester - Pilot

P/O - Service No 415739

Age: 22 - 25th operation

RNZAF

Son of Frederick George and Muriel Howe Blackwell, of Tokoroa, Auckland, New Zealand.

Hanover War Cemetery - Collective grave 3.G.4-11.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum - RAF Commands.com.

McGhee Douglas William McGhee Douglas William - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1332995

Age: 25

RAFVR

Son of William M. and Flora A. McGhee, of Streatham, London.
Husband of Barbara Vaux. x1943.

Hanover War Cemetery - Collective grave 3.G.4-11.

Source: CWGC.

Soulsby Thomas Walter Soulsby Thomas Walter - FE

Sgt - Service No 1675681

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Thomas Soulsby and Ellen Marley Gavin, of Hull.

Hanover War Cemetery - Collective grave 3.G.4-11.

Source: CWGC.

Dickins Kenneth Shirley Dickins Kenneth Shirley - Nav

F/O - Service No 134058

Age: 23 - °1921

RAFVR

Son of Shirley John Dickins °1886 +1939 and Gertrude Martha Crane °1887 +1965, of Leighon-Sea, Essex.
Two sisters Hazel Shirley Dickins and Phyllis Gertrude Dickins.

Hanover War Cemetery - Collective grave 3.G.4-11.

Source: CWGC - Ancestry.com

Waldrom Charles Keith Waldrom Charles Keith - Wop

P/O - Service No 42344

Age: 22 - 24th operation

RNZAF

Son of Mrs. C. J. Waldrom, of Auckland City, New Zealand.

Hanover War Cemetery - Collective grave 3.G.4-11.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum - RAF Commands.com.

Berry William Charles Berry William Charles - BA

F/S - Service No 1600195

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Hanover War Cemetery - Collective grave 3.G.4-11.

Source: CWGC.

Oakes Ronald Mansfield Oakes Ronald Mansfield - MUG

F/S - Service No 422246

Age: 20

RAAF

Son of Dudley Sedgwick Mansfield Oakes and Kathleen Stoney Oakes, of Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia.

Hanover War Cemetery - Collective grave 3.G.4-11.

Source: CWGC.

Harris Reginald Jack Harris Reginald Jack - RG

Sgt - Service No 1629001

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Walter Harris and Emily Lilla Bills, of Herne Bay, Kent.

Hanover War Cemetery - Collective grave 3.G.4-11.

Source: CWGC.