115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

28/29 January 1944

Lancaster Mk II - DS833 KO-S

T/O Witchford 0029 - target Berlin, Germany. Lost without trace.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL649 A4-G, 6 KIA, 1 POW.

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

Berlin: 677 aircraft - 432 Lancasters, 241 Halifaxes, 4 Mosquitos.

Part of the German fighter force was drawn up by the early diversions and the bomber approach route over Northern Denmark proved too distant for some of the other German fighters. The German controller was, however, able to concentrate his fighters over the target and many aircraft were shot down there.
The cloud over Berlin was broken and some ground-marking was possible but the Bomber Command claim that this was the most concentrated attack of this period is not quite fully confirmed by German records. The western and southern districts were hit but so too were 77 places outside the city. *Damage was inflicted to destroy the houses of 180.000 people.

46 aircraft - 26 Halifaxes, 20 Lancasters - lost, 6.8 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary January 1944 - *3 Group Bomber Command, Book by Chris Ward.

Harris Keith Harris Keith - Pilot

F/L - Service No 133607

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of George Austin Harris and Rosina Florence Harris, of Knowle, Bristol.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 202

Source: CWGC.

Edmands Derek Roy Edmands Derek Roy - FE

Sgt - Service No 1677608

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 228

Source: CWGC.

The picture was taken by Edmands in August of 1943. There were seven crew listed missing on January 29th, but only six appear in the picture.
F/L Keith Harris - Knowle Park, Bristol, England;
F/O John Horn - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada;
F/S Albert J. Chappel -Southorpe, England;
F/O James Francis Harrigan, Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada;
P/O John King, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada;
Sgt. Thomas F McLean, Falkirk, Scotland;
Sgt. Derek Roy Edmands, Smothwick, Staffs. England.

Info and photo by Derek Roy Edmands' sister from Birmingham, England. Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Horn John Horn John - Nav

F/O - Service No J21184

Age: 21

RCAF

Son of John and Isabella Horn, of Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 246

Source: CWGC - info Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Chappel Albert James Aidan Chappel Albert James Aidan - WOP

F/S - Service No 1097462

Age: 25

RAFVR

Son of Alice Chappel and stepson of J. P. Sanderson, of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 216

Source: CWGC.

Harrigan James Francis Harrigan James Francis - BA

F/O - Service No J21023

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Patrick and Agnes Harrigan, of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 246

Source: CWGC - info Canadian Virtual War Memorial

King John King John - MUG

P/O - Service No J85091

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Hugh and Agnes King, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 251

Source: CWGC.

McLean Thomas Fisk McLean Thomas Fisk - RG

F/S - Service No 1580558

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 233

Source: CWGC.