115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

15/16 February 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL651 A4-A

T/O Witchford 1724 - target Berlin, Germany.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL689 KO-P, 5 KIA, 2 POW.

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

After a rest of more than 2 weeks for the regular bomber squadrons, 891 aircraft - 561 Lancasters, 314 Halifaxes, 16 Mosquitos - were dispatched to Berlin.

This was the largest force sent to Berlin and the largest non-1,000 bomber force sent to any target, exceeding the previous record of 826 aircraft (which included Stirlings and Wellingtons) sent to Dortmund on the night of 23/24 May 1943.
It was also the first time that more than 500 Lancasters and more than 300 Halifaxes were dispatched.
The German controllers were able to plot the bomber stream soon after it left the English coast but the swing north over Denmark for the approach flight proved too far distant for many of the German fighters. The German controller ordered the fighters not to fly over Berlin, leaving the target area free for the flak, but many fighters ignored him and attacked bombers over the city. The diversion to Frankfurt-on-Oder failed to draw any fighters.

Berlin was covered by cloud for most of the raid. Heavy bombing fell on the centre and south-western districts and some of Berlin's most important war industries were hit, including the large Siemensstadt area. This was really the end of the true 'Battle of Berlin'; only one more raid took place on the city in this period and that was not for more than a month.

43 aircraft - 26 Lancasters, 17 Halifaxes -were lost, 4.8 per cent of the force.

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

Whyte Alan Charles Whyte Alan Charles - Pilot

P/O - Service No 171587

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 7.A.11.

Source: CWGC.

Rogers Arthur Mervyn Rogers Arthur Mervyn - FE

Sgt - Service No 937101

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of John Albert and Sarah Rogers, of Meole Brace, Shropshire.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 7.A.14.

Source: CWGC.

Ellis J. Ellis J. - Nav

F/S - Service No

Age: - POW No

Son of

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

Landles John Landles John - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1082729

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of John Robert and Florence Landles, of Wallsend, Northumberland.
Husband of Martha Walker Landles, of Wallsend.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 7.A.9.

Source: CWGC.

Lidbetter Cecil John Lidbetter Cecil John - BA

F/O - Service No 151640

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Victor Lane Lidbetter and Eva Elsie Ernestine Lidbetter, of Belvedere, Kent.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 7.A.8.

Source: CWGC

Jones Inigo Malcolm Jones Inigo Malcolm - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1317668

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of William and Mary Jane Jones, of Barry, Glamorgan.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 7.A.10.

Source: CWGC.

Adams Jack Adams Jack - RG

Sgt - Service No 1890680

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - grave 7.A.12.

Source: CWGC.