23/24 December 1943
Lancaster Mk II - DS773 KO-T
|T/O Witchford 0055 - target Berlin, Germany.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
Berlin: 379 aircraft - 364 Lancasters, 8 Mosquitos, 7 Halifaxes.
The bomber casualties were not as heavy as on recent raids, partly because German fighters encountered difficulty with the weather and partly because the German controller was temporarily deceived by the Mosquito diversion at Leipzig. The main force of fighters only appeared in the target area at the end of the raid and could not catch the main bomber stream.
16 Lancasters were lost, 4.2 per cent of the force.
The Berlin area was covered by cloud and more than half of the early Pathfinder aircraft had trouble with their H2S sets. The markers were scattered and sparse.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary December 1943.
|Pirie David Leslie - Pilot
P/O - Service No 53097
Berlin 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery - grave 7. F. 5.
Source: CWGC - photo Memories of RAF Witchford.
|Heal Reginald Jack - FE
Sgt - Service No 1603283
Son of Frederick Charles and Louisa Heal.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 152
|Pearce Kenneth David - Nav
P/O - Service No 162553
Son of John Albert Pearce, and of Elizabeth Mary Pearce, of Parsons Green, London.
Berlin 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery - grave 6. H. 26.
|Hardaker William - WOP
F/S - Service No 1125265
Runnymede Memorial - panel 136
|Davison John Ronald - BA
Sgt - Service No 1143278
Son of John Adam and Alice Veitch Davison, of Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 147
|Southwell John - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1334699
Son of Walter and Deborah Louise Southwell, of Millbrook, Southampton.
Berlin 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery - grave 7. B. 3.
|Calvert Joseph - RG
Sgt - Service No 857444
RAF - Auxiliary Air Force
Berlin 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery - grave 7. J. 1.