1940 - 1945
27/28 January 1944
Lancaster Mk II - LL682 KO-P
|T/O Witchford 1805 - target Berlin, Germany. Lost without trace. Last heard on W/T at 0055hrs transmitting a weak SOS. The transmission was extremely weak but put the Lancaster on a bearing of 020 degrees from RAF Binbrook. An intense ASR search was undertaken but sadly nothing was found of the young crew.
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL668 A4-H, 7 KIA
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - Royal Air Force Commands.com
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.
33 Lancasters lost, 6.4 per cent of the heavy force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary January 1944.
|Morris Arnold - Pilot
F/S - Service No 1168349
Son of Charles Roland and Kate Reeve Morris, of Castle Church, Staffordshire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 220
|Booth Frederick William - FE
Sgt - Service No 1588960
Son of William and Bridget Booth, of Bolton, Lancashire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 225
|Omnet William Houston Pollock - Nav
Sgt - Service No 1344854
Runnymede Memorial - panel 235
|Rutherford-Browne Anthony - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1320368
Son of - One brother Douglas more info Newsshopper.co
Runnymede Memorial - panel 237
|Booth James Robert - BA
F/O - Service No J22097
Son of James Angus Wilson Booth and Sadie Katherine Booth, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 245
|Stone Leonard - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1259098
Son of Horace and Annie Stone, of Forest Gate, Essex.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 238
|Keel Arnold Thomas - RG
Sgt - Service No 850281
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