115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

29/30 December 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS834 KO-F

T/O Witchford 1728 - target Berlin, Germany. Attacked by a night fighter, Lt Otto Fries 5./NJG1. A/c wing caught fire and exploded. The three survivors were blown out by the force of the explosion. Crashed at 2230 hours at Nelehof Farm, Tungelroij, Netherlands.
Equipment: GEE, Mk XIV BOMB SIGHT, MONICA.

Bomb Load: 1 x 4000lbs, 32 x 30lbs incendiaries, 720 x 4 lbs incendairies.

Route: CROMER - 5320N 0400E - 5320N 0820E - 5137N 1220E - BERLIN - 5320N 1327E - 5245N 0830E - 5320N 0400E - CROMER - BASE.

Story of the attack by Brett Munro. findagrave.com

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

712 aircraft - 457 Lancasters, 252 Halifaxes, 3 Mosquitos - returned to Berlin.

A long approach route from the south, passing south of the Ruhr and then within 20 miles of Leipzig, together with Mosquito diversions at D├╝sseldorf, Leipzig and Magdeburg, caused the German controller great difficulties and there were few fighters over Berlin. Bad weather on the outward route also kept down the number of German fighters finding the bomber stream.

20 aircraft - 11 Lancasters, 9 Halifaxes - were lost, 2.8 per cent of the force.

Berlin was again cloud-covered. The Bomber Command report claiming a concentrated attack on skymarkers is not confirmed by the local report. The heaviest bombing was in the southern and south-eastern districts but many bombs also fell to the east of the city.

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

Lee J. Y. Lee J. Y. - Pilot

F/S - Service No - His 6th operation.

Age: - POW No 269857 Stalag 4B.

RAFVR

Son of

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

Gunnell Anthony F. Gunnell Anthony F. - FE

Sgt - Service No 1625022

Age: - Broke his leg. - Escaped capture via the Resistance. Story Evasion Comete

RAFVR

Son of

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

Pike H. L. Pike H. L. - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1396474

Age: - Arrested 6 January 1944. POW No 270070 Luft 3.

RAFVR

Son of

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

Jones Laurance Havard Jones Laurance Havard - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1576162

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Francis Arthur and Elizabeth Jones, of Bournville, Birmingham.

Tungelroij Roman Catholic Churchyard - grave Row 1. Grave 3.

Source: CWGC.

Bell Keith Selwyn Bell Keith Selwyn - BA

F/S - Service No 414457

Age: 23 - ┬░3 May 1920 Cunnamulla Queensland, Australia

RAAF - Digital copy of record

Son of Gordon Percy and Minnie Bell, of Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia.

Tungelroij Roman Catholic Churchyard - grave Row 1. Grave 4.

Source: CWGC.

Wilkinson Arthur Morley Wilkinson Arthur Morley - MUG

F/S - Service No R182329

Age: 23

RCAF

Son of Walter Morley Wilkinson and Zilpah H. Wilkinson, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tungelroij Roman Catholic Churchyard - grave Row 1. Grave 1.

Source: CWGC.

Johnson Graham Johnson Graham - RG

Sgt - Service No 1818684

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Esmond and Elsie Mary Johnson, of King's Heath, Birmingham.

Tungelroij Roman Catholic Churchyard - grave Row Row 1. Grave 2.

Source: CWGC.