115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

18 October 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS769 KO-H

T/O little Snoring 1805 - target Hannover, Germany. All crew buried in Collective Grave.

Severely damaged on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS683 KO-R, 1 KIA, 2 injured, 5 uninjured.

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

360 Lancasters ordered to attack Hannover.

The target area was covered by cloud and the Pathfinders were not successful in marking the position of Hannover. The raid was scattered, with most bombs falling in open country north and north-west of the city.
This raid concluded the current series of raids on Hannover. Bomber Command had dispatched 2,253 sorties in 4 raids and 10 American B-17 sorties had also been flown.
1,976 aircraft claimed to have bombed in the target area. Only 1 raid had been completely successful but that had caused severe damage. 11O bombers were lost on the raids, 4.9 per cent of those dispatched.

18 Lancasters lost, 5.0 per cent of the force.

One of the Lancasters lost on the Hannover raid was the 5,000th Bomber Command aircraft lost on operations since the start of the war.
By the end of this night, the bombers had flown approximately 144,500 sorties - 90 per cent of them by night - and lost 5,004 aircraft - 4,365 by night and 639 by day - over enemy territory, crashed in the sea or shot down over England by German Intruders or 'friendly' defences.

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

Whitehead John Alfred Whitehead John Alfred - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1318491

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Richard John and Lilian Amelia Whitehead.
Husband of Euphemia Bertha Whitehead, of Sutton, Surrey.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - collective grave 13.A.8-14.

Source: CWGC.

Newnes Leslie Newnes Leslie - FE

Sgt - Service No 985618

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - collective grave 13.A.8-14.

Source: CWGC.

Collins James Joseph Frederick Collins James Joseph Frederick - Nav

Sgt - Service No 519890

Age: 29

RAF

Son of Victor James Collins and Louisa Fanny Collins, of Snaresbrook, Essex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - collective grave 13.A.8-14.

Source: CWGC.

Currier Wilfred Herbert Currier Wilfred Herbert - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1316120

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Herbert George and Alice Currier, of Carmarthen.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - collective grave 13.A.8-14.

Source: CWGC.

Street Reginald Victor Street Reginald Victor - BA

Sgt - Service No 1313967

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of John and Muriel Louise Street, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - collective grave 13.A.8-14.

Source: GWGC.

Molnar Geoffrey Molnar Gregory - MUG

F/S - Service No R173948

Age: 29

RCAF

Son of Theodore and Kathleen Molnar, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - collective grave 13.A.8-14.

Source: CWGC.

Bertram Arthur Edward Bertram Arthur Edward - RG

Sgt - Service No 1813511

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Bertram, of Whetstone, Middlesex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - collective grave 13.A.8-14.

Source: CWGC.