115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

23/24 August 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS722 KO-N

T/O little Snoring 2107 - target Berlin, Germany. Attacked by a night fighter and ditched at 0115 hours in the North Sea, W of Bergen, Netherlands (20 miles W of Frisians). The survivors spent 6 days in a dinghy before being rescued by the Germans.

Route: 5250N 0330E - EGMOND - 5250N 0930E - 5250N 1347E - BERLIN - 5250N 1340E - 54220N? 1215E - MANO - 5500N 0700E.

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

727 aircraft - 335 Lancasters, 251 Halifaxes, 124 Stirlings, 17 Mosquitos - despatched to Berlin.

The Mosquitos were used to mark various points on the route to Berlin in order to help keep the Main Force on the correct track. A Master Bomber was used; he was Wing Commander JE Fauquier, the Commanding Officer of 405 (Canadian) Squadron.

The raid was only partially successful. The Pathfinders were not able to identify the centre of Berlin by H2S and marked an area in the southern outskirts of the city. The Main Force arrived late and many aircraft cut a corner and approached from the south-west instead of using the planned south-south-east approach; this resulted in more bombs falling in open country than would otherwise have been the case. The German defences - both flak and night fighters - were extremely fierce.

56 aircraft - 23 Halifaxes, 17 Lancasters, 16 Stirlings - were lost, 7.9 per cent of the heavy bomber force.
This was Bomber Command's greatest loss of aircraft in one night so far in the war.

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

Townsend D. F. Townsend D. F. - Pilot

F/S - Service No 408937

Age: - POW No 222792 Stalag 4B

RAAF

Son of

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

Coulthart T. W. Coulthart T(homas ?) W. - FE

Sgt - Service No 578088

Age: - POW No 3037 Stalag 357

RAF

Son of

(from Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland ?)

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

MacDonald Derrick William MacDonald Derrick William - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1578548

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Elizabeth Jane Macdonald, of Derby.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 157.

Source: CWGC.

Abell Frank Abell Frank - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1498310

Age: 29 - washed ashore near Camperduin, Netherlands, four and a half miles NW of Bergen on 12 November 1943.

RAFVR

Son of Alfred and Harriet Abell, of Wakefield, Yorkshire.

Bergen General Cemetery - Plot 2. Row B. Grave 5.

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

Line Austin Raymond Line Austin Raymond - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1817558

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 157.

Source: CWGC.

Gardham R. Gardham R. - BA

Sgt - Service No 1473913

Age: - POW No 222819 Stalag 4B

RAFVR

Son of

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

Morgans Evan Maunder Morgans Evan Maunder - RG

Sgt - Service No 1313895

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 159.

Source: CWGC.