115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

20 January 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL650 KO-J

T/O Witchford 1644 - target Berlin, Germany. Crashed near Waltersdorf.

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

769 aircraft - 495 Lancasters, 264 Halifaxes, 10 Mosquitos - to Berlin.

No 102 Squadron, from Pocklington, lost 5 of its 16 Halifaxes on this raid, 2 more crashed in England and the squadron would lose 4 more aircraft in the next night's raid.
The bomber approach route took a wide swing to the north but, once again, the German controller managed to feed his fighters into the bomber stream early and the fighters scored steadily until the force was well on the way home. The diversions were not large enough to deceive the Germans. The Berlin area was, as so often, completely cloud-covered and what happened to the bombing is a mystery. The Pathfinder skymarking appeared to go according to plan and crews who were scanning the ground with their H2S sets believed that the attack fell on eastern districts of Berlin.
No major navigational problems were experienced. No photographic reconnaissance was possible until after a further 4 raids on Berlin were carried out but the various sources from which the Berlin reports are normally drawn all show a complete blank for this night.

35 aircraft - 22 Halifaxes, 13 Lancasters - lost, 4.6 per cent of the force.

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

Canning Donald Canning Donald - Pilot

P/O - Service No 158021

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of William and Maretta Canning, of Brockenhurst, Hampshire.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 4. G. 22.

Source: CWGC.

Brotherton Robert Brotherton Robert - FE

F/S - Service No 952410

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - joint grave 4. G. 24-25.

Source: CWGC.

Groves John Denis Groves John Denis - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1586410

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of George Patrick and Dorothy May Groves, of Kenton, Middlesex.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 4. G. 27.

Source: CWGC.

Hill Joseph Hill Joseph - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1023531

Age: 33

RAFVR

Son of John Milton Hill and Georgetta Anderson Hill, of Accrington, Lancashire.
Husband of Alice Hill, of Accrington.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - joint grave 4. G. 24-25.

Source: CWGC.

Lobb Benjamin Jack Lobb Benjamin Jack - BA

W/O II - Service No R110978

Age: 20

RCAF

Son of William H. Lobb and Norah E. Lobb, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 4. G. 23.

Source: CWGC.

Mickus Anthony Mickus Anthony - MUG

Sgt - Service No 521064

Age: 27

RAF

Son of Anthony and Eva Mickus.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 4. G. 26.

Source: CWGC.

Kewin Alfred Hocking W. - RG

F/S - Service No 1601512

Age: - POW No 270043 Stalag 4B.

RAFVR

Son of

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