115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

21/22 January 1944

Lancaster Mk II - DS777 KO-C

T/O Witchford 2019 - target Magdeburg, Germany. Shot down by a night fighter (Ju88) and crashed in Magdeburg.

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

648 aircraft - 421 Lancasters, 224 Halifaxes, 3 Mosquitos - on the first major raid to Magdeburg.

The German controller again followed the progress of the bomber stream across the North Sea and many night fighters were in the stream before it crossed the German coast. The controller was very slow to identify Magdeburg as the target but this did not matter too much because most of the night fighters were able to stay in the bomber stream, a good example of the way the Tame Boar tactics were developing.
The heavy bomber casualties were not rewarded with a successful attack. Some of the Main Force aircraft now had H2S and winds which were stronger than forecast brought some of these into the target area before the Pathfinders' Zero Hour. The crews of 27 Main Force aircraft were anxious to bomb and did so before Zero Hour. The Pathfinders blamed the fires started by this early bombing, together with some very effective German decoy markers, for their failure to concentrate the marking.

57 aircraft - 35 Halifaxes, 22 Lancasters - were lost, 8.8 per cent of the force; it is probable that three quarters of the losses were caused by German night fighters. The Halifax loss rate was 15.6 per cent!

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

Moncrieff Edwin Douglas Moncrieff Edwin Douglas - Pilot

F/S - Service No 410168

Age: 25

RAAF

Son of Stephen and Anne Jane Moncrieff, of Balwyn, Victoria, Australia.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 261

Source: CWGC.

Luck C. Luck C. - FE

Sgt - Service No 18118230

Age: - POW No 917 Luft 6.

RAFVR

Son of

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

Becker R. Becker R. - Nav

F/S - Service No R152224

Age: - POW No 924

RAFVR

Son of

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

Baxter Kenneth William John Baxter Kenneth William John - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1388976

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 224

Source: CWGC.

Davison A. Davison A. - BA

F/S - Service No 423667

Age: - POW No 877 Stalag 357

RAAF

Son of

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

Shelton Joseph William Shelton Joseph William "Joey" - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1895713

Age: 29

RAFVR

Son of Joseph William and Mary Agnes Shelton, of Worthing, Sussex.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 6. K. 2.

Source: CWGC.

Lynch Phillip Lynch Phillip - RG

Sgt - Service No 1373580

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 233

Source: CWGC.