115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

22 November 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS764 KO-S

T/O little Snoring 1740 - target Berlin, Germany. A/c fitted with IFF, GEE and MONICA. The crew parachuted. The pilot, Sgt Smith was on his 2nd operation and was found in the wreckage of his a/c.

Bomb Load 1 x 4000lbs, 32 x 30lbs incendiary, 630 x 4lbs incendiary, 90 x 4lbs "X" type.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS782 KO-K, 7 KIA.

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

Berlin attacked by 764 aircraft - 469 Lancasters, 234 Halifaxes, 50 Stirlings, 11 Mosquitos.

This was the greatest force sent to Berlin so far but it was also the last raid in which Stirlings were sent to Germany. Bad weather again kept most of the German fighters on the ground and the bomber force was able to take a relatively 'straight in, straight out' route to the target without suffering undue loss.

26 aircraft - 11 Lancasters, 10 Halifaxes, 5 Stirlings - were lost, 3.4 per cent of the force.

Berlin was again completely cloud-covered and returning crews could only estimate that the marking and bombing were believed to be accurate, In fact, this was the most effective raid on Berlin of the war. A vast area of destruction stretched from the central districts westwards across the mainly residential areas of Tiergarten and Charlottenburg to the separate suburb city of Spandau. Because of the dry weather conditions, several 'firestorm' areas were reported and a German plane next day measured the height of the smoke cloud as 6,000 metres (nearly 19,000 ft).

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

Smith Hugh Smith Hugh - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1550719

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of William and Jessie Smith, of Armadale, West Lothian.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 25.G.18.

Source: CWGC

Miller E. Miller E. - FE

Sgt - Service No 2206759

Age: - POW No 263607 Luft 3

RAFVR

Son of

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

Downs F. Downs F. C. - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1585496

Age: - POW No 263668

Son of

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

Deakin C. Deakin C. - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1060133

Age: - POW No 1482 Luft 6

RAFVR

Broke both legs on landing afther bailing out.

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

Strong Robert Strong Robert - BA

Sgt - Service No 1230157

Age: - POW No 263711

RAFVR

Son of

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

Ferguson J. Ferguson J. - MUG

Sgt - Service No R176230

Age: - POW No 263581

RCAF

Son of

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

Scotchmer T. H. Scotchmer T. H. - RG

Sgt - Service No R90034

Age: - POW No 263713

RCAF

Son of

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