115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

24/25 February 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL644 KO-N

T/O Witchford 2051 - target Schweinfurt, Germany. Crashed at 00.30 hrs in a forest between Schwebheim and Sennfeld in Germany (map reference L51 N86)"

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL701 KO-F, 7 KIA.

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

734 aircraft - 554 Lancasters, 169 Halifaxes, 11 Mosquitos - carried out the first Bomber Command raid on Schweinfurt, home of Germany's main ball-bearing factories. 266 American B-17s had raided the factories the previous day.

Bomber Command introduced a novel tactic on this night. The Schweinfurt force was split into two parts - 392 aircraft and 342 aircraft, separated by a 2-hour interval. Part of the German fighter force was drawn up by earlier diversions.

The first wave of the Schweinfurt bombers lost 22 aircraft, 5.6 per cent;
the second wave lost only 11 aircraft, 3.2 per cent, and it is believed that only 4 bombers from the second wave were shot down by night fighters.

Total losses were 33 aircraft - 26 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes - 4.5 per cent of the force.

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

Nice Ronald Frank Nice Ronald Frank - Pilot

F/O - Service No 138588

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Sidney Herbert and Elizabeth Mary Nice, of Hornchurch, Essex.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.B.6-16.

Source: CWGC.

Dennis Robert George Dennis Robert George - FE

Sgt - Service No 1279754

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Thomas Joseph and Jane Dennis, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.B.6-16.

Source: CWGC.

McGuire Patrick Gregory McGuire Patrick Gregory - Nav

F/O - Service No J20897

Age: 20 - °11 November, 1923 Edmonton, Alberta

RCAF

Son of Robert and Mary McGuire of Edmonton, Alberta.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.B.6-16.

Source: CWGC - info Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Gardner Carol Ernest Woodridge Gardner Carol Ernest Woodridge - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1320619

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.B.6-16.

Source: CWGC.

Price Donald Alexander Price Donald Alexander - BA

P/O - Service No J86321

Age:

RCAF

Son of - Husband of Vera, one child named Diane; however 13 days after Diane's birth, Pilot Officer Donald Price would be shot down.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.B.6-16.

Source: CWGC photo and info Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Tobin John Joseph Tobin John Joseph - MUG

Sgt - Service No 627852

Age: 24

RAF

Son of Joseph and Catherine Tobin.
Husband of Constance Sidonia Tobin, of Westbury Park, Bristol.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.B.6-16.

Source: CWGC.

Robinson Dallas Rex Robinson Dallas Rex - RG

P/O - Service No J92149

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Eugene D. Robinson and Martha L. Robinson, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Durnbach War Cemetery - grave 5.B.5.

Source: CWGC - photo and more info (pdf) Cardston Historical Society