115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

27/28 January 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL668 A4-H

T/O Witchford 1757 - target Berlin, Germany. Crashed at Steinberg E of Coburg, Germany.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL682 KO-P, 7 KIA

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

515 Lancasters and 15 Mosquitos despatched to Berlin.

The German fighters were committed to action earlier than normal, some being sent out 75 miles over the North Sea from the Dutch coast. A number of elaborate feints and diversions had some effect; Half of the German fighters were lured north by the Heligoland mining diversion and action in the main bomber stream was less intense than on recent nights.
The target was cloud-covered again and skymarking had to be used. Bomber Command was not able to make any assessment of the raid except to state that the bombing appeared to have been spread well up and down wind.

33 Lancasters lost, 6.4 per cent of the heavy force.

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

Ryder William Wallace Ryder William Wallace - Pilot

F/L - Service No 130616

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Charles and Betty Ryder, of Horwich, Lancashire.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.G.8-11.

Source: CWGC.

Rawlings George William Rawlings George William - FE

Sgt - Service No 1583233

Age: 31

RAFVR

Son of George William and Annie Rawlings, of Anstey, Leicestershire.
Husband of Rachel Irene Rawlings, of Anstey.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.G.8-11.

Source: CWGC.

Rouse Reginald James Rouse Reginald James - Nav

F/S - Service No 1293573

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of William James Rouse and Charlotte Rouse, of Hendon, Middlesex.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.G.8-11.

Source: CWGC.

Iles Ronald Charles James Iles Ronald Charles James - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1293340

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Charles Henry and Lilian Alice Iles, of Bow, London.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.G.8-11.

Source: CWGC.

Pringle Henry Brain Deopard Pringle Henry Brain Deopard - BA

F/O - Service No 134724

Age:

RAF

Son of

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.G.8-11.

Source: CWGC.

Miller Alexander Montgomery Miller Alexander Montgomery - MUG

F/S - Service No 1349064

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Robert and Margaret J. Miller, of Saltcoats, Ayrshire.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.G.8-11.

Source: CWGC.

Neil Percy Neil Percy - RG

Sgt - Service No 1534938

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Thomas and Annie Neil, of Bury, Lancashire.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 5.G.8-11.

Source: CWGC.