115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

22/23 March 1944

Lancaster Mk II - DS766 KO-R

T/O Witchford 1854 - target Frankfurt, Germany. On return the a/c crashed at Bredfield, Woodbridge at 0005 hours.

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

816 aircraft - 620 Lancasters, 184 Halifaxes, 12 Mosquitos.

Again, an indirect route was employed, this time crossing the Dutch coast north of the Zuider Zee and then flying almost due south to Frankfurt. This, and the Kiel minelaying diversion, confused the Germans for some time; Hannover was forecast as the main target. Only a few fighters eventually found the bomber stream.

The marking and bombing were accurate and Frankfurt suffered another heavy blow; the city's records show that the damage was even more severe than in the raid carried out 4 nights earlier.
Half of the city was without gas, water and electricity 'for a long period'. All parts of the city were hit but the greatest weight of the attack fell in the western districts. The report particularly mentions severe damage to the industrial areas along the main road to Mainz.
162 B-17s of the Eighth Air Force used Frankfurt as a secondary target when they could not reach Schweinfurt 36 hours after this RAF raid and caused further damage.
The Frankfurt diary has this entry: "The three air raids of 18th, 22nd and 24th March were carried out by a combined plan of the British and American air forces and their combined effect was to deal the worst and most fateful blow of the war to Frankfurt, a blow which simply ended the existence of the Frankfurt which had been built up since the Middle Ages."

33 aircraft - 26 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes - were lost, 4.0 per cent of the force.

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

Pope Walter Charles Pope Walter Charles - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1317822

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of

Instow (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard, Devon - grave ?

Source: CWGC.

Holman Holman - FE

Sgt - Service No

Age: - injured

Son of

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

Hatfield Peter Albert Hatfield Peter Albert - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1399719

Age: 20 - died from his injuries on 26 March 1944.

RAFVR

Son of

Chatham (Palmerston Road) Cemetery, Kent - grave 11.308.

Source: CWGC.

Mabey Mabey - WOP

Sgt - Service No

Age: - injured

Son of

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

Grady John Grady John - BA

Sgt - Service No 1076548

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of

Doncaster Old Cemetery, Yorks. - grave I.X.455.

Source: CWGC.

Haugh George Haugh George - MUG

Sgt - Service No 2209203

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of

Cambridge City Cemetery - grave 14511.

Source: CWGC.

Winters Charles Hugh Bretscher Eric Maxwell - RG

Sgt - Service No 1212930

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of

Brighton (Woodvale) Borough Crematorium, Sussex - Panel 1.

Source: CWGC.