Lancaster LL673
Lancaster LL673 115 Squadron

14 January 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL673 KO-G

Lancaster LL673
T/O Witchford 1702 - target Brunswick, Germany.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster MK II DS720 KO-D, 8 KIA

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

496 Lancasters and 2 Halifaxes on the first major raid to Brunswick of the war.

The German running commentary was heard following the progress of the bomber force from a position only 40 miles from the English coast and many German fighters entered the bomber stream soon after the German frontier was crossed near Bremen.
The German fighters scored steadily until the Dutch coast was crossed on the return flight. 11 of the lost aircraft were Pathfinders. Brunswick was smaller than Bomber Command's usual targets and this raid was not a success. The city report describes this only as a 'light' raid, with bombs in the south of the city which had only 10 houses destroyed and 14 people killed. Most of the attack fell either in the countryside or in Wolfenb├╝ttel and other small towns and villages well to the south of Brunswick.

38 Lancasters lost, 7.6 per cent of the force.

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

Christiansen John Horace Christiansen John Horace - Pilot

F/L - Service No 413551

Age: 25

RNZAF

Son of Albert Christian and Elmina Saraphia Christiansen, of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 1. F. 9.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum - RAF Commands.com.

Vinson Ronald Anthony Vinson Ronald Anthony - 2nd Pilot

F/L - Service No 42662

Age: 30

RAF

Son of Ronald and Constance Mary Vinson; husband of Marion Vinson, of Crouch End, London.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 1. F. 11.

Source: CWGC.

Rodhouse Raymond Arthur Rodhouse Raymond Arthur - FE

Sgt - Service No 1661997

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Arthur Laundon and Constance Eleanor Rodhouse of Northampton.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 1. F. 12.

Source: CWGC photo (1943) via his half - brother Philip Martin Rodhouse, Thanks.

Downer George Lionel Downer George Lionel - Nav

F/O - Service No 130207 - DFC

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of E. Gordon Ross Downer and Ellen Downer, of Bognor Regis, Sussex. F.R.Met.S.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 1. F. 7.

Source: CWGC.

Braithwaite Frederick Arthur Braithwaite Frederick Arthur - Wop

F/O - Service No 415075

Age: 23

RNZAF

Son of Frederick Braithwaite and of Alma Ethel Edwards, of Victoria Valley, Auckland, New Zealand.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 1. F. 10.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum

Wright Claude Henry Wright Claude Henry - BA

F/O - Service No 417144

Age: 28 - ┬░28 December 1915

RNZAF

Son of Henry Wright and of Hazel Wright May, of St. Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand.
He was the eldest of his family. He had a brother (in the army) and a sister.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 1. F. 8.

Source: CWGC - more info and photo Auckland War Memorial Museum

Kewin Alfred Kewin Alfred - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1532576

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of George and Mary Ann Kewin, of Liverpool.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 1. F. 6.

Source: CWGC.

Boswell-Kitching Jack Lambert Boswell-Kitching Jack Lambert - RG

P/O - Service No 416966

Age: 24

RNZAF

Son of Leonard John and Kathleen Myrtle Kitching, of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 1. F. 5.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum