115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

30/31 March 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL622 KO-J

T/O Witchford 2233 - target Nuremberg, Germany. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed on the edge of the historic battlefield at Waterloo (Braine L'Alleud), 17 Km S of Brussels, Belgium. t was brought down on the home leg and the crew was on its first operational sortie. It is believed that this bomber was the 94th to fall on this operation. Photo monument Hangar Flying

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL704 KO-H, 7 POW

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

795 aircraft were dispatched - 572 Lancasters, 214 Halifaxes and 9 Mosquitos.

This would normally have been the moon stand-down period for the Main Force, but a raid to the distant target of Nuremberg was planned on the basis of an early forecast that there would be protective high cloud on the outward route, when the moon would be up, but that the target area would be clear for ground-marked bombing.

A Meteorological Flight Mosquito carried out a reconnaissance and reported that the protective cloud was unlikely to be present and that there could be cloud over the target, but the raid was not cancelled.

The German controller ignored all the diversions and assembled his fighters at 2 radio beacons which happened to be astride the route to Nuremberg. The first fighters appeared just before the bombers reached the Belgian border and a fierce battle in the moonlight lasted for the next hour.

82 bombers were lost on the outward route and near the target. The action was much reduced on the return flight, when most of the German fighters had to land, but 95 bombers were lost in all.

64 Lancasters and 31 Halifaxes, 11.9 per cent of the force dispatched.

It was the biggest Bomber Command loss of the war.

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

Shot down at 03u.30 by Feldwebel Zeidler Hans of the III./NJG1 and crashed at Braine l'Alleud (Waterloo). It was his first victory.

Thomas Ronald Thomas Ronald "Ron" - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1536704

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Brussels Town Cemetery - grave X.17.7

Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com

Taylor Robert Finlay Taylor Robert Finlay - FE

Sgt - Service No 1561301

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Finlay Maclachlan Taylor and Georgina Taylor of Glasgow.

Brussels Town Cemetery - Joint grave X.17.5-6

CWGC - Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com

Atkinson Dennis Atkinson Dennis - Nav

F/S - Service No 1396885

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Harry Atkinson and of Winifred R. Atkinson of East Finchley, Middlesex.

Brussels Town Cemetery - grave X.17.11

CWGC - Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com

Hawksworth Frank Hawksworth Frank - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1556207

Age: 22 - °22 July 1921 in Goole, Yorkshire

RAFVR

Son of George Hawksworth and Nellie Gill

Brussels Town Cemetery - grave X.17.9

Photo: Lancaster verliezen in België 1941-1945 - Wim Govaerts - info Wiki tree by Paul Hawksworth.

LL622
Photo Wiki tree by Paul Hawksworth
. ° Frank Hawksworth before 1944
Kensett James Henry Kensett James Henry - BA

Sgt - Service No 1319497

Age:

RAFVR

Son of James Standen Kensett and Elsie Kensett of Folkestone.

Brussels Town Cemetery - Joint grave X.17.5-6

Source: CWGC - Photo: Lancaster verliezen in België 1941-1945 - Wim Govaerts.

Kendrick Harry Kendrick Harry - MUG

Sgt - Service No 2220126

Age: - °1914 Stourbridge

RAFVR

Son of

Brussels Town Cemetery - grave X.17.8

Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com - info Remember the fallen

Jack Peter Jack Peter - RG

Sgt - Service No 1369112

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of James and Christina Moodie Jack of Newmills, Fife.

Brussels Town Cemetery - grave X.17.10

Source: CWGC - Photo: Lancaster verliezen in België 1941-1945 - Wim Govaerts.