115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

15/16 March 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL693 A4-K

T/O Witchford 1934 - target Stuttgart, Germany. Crashed at .

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

863 aircraft - 617 Lancasters, 230 Halifaxes, 16 Mosquitos - ordered to attack Stuttgart.

The German fighter controller split his forces into 2 parts. The bomber force flew over France nearly as far as the Swiss frontier before turning north-east to approach Stuttgart. This delayed the German fighters contacting the bomber stream but, when the German fighters did arrive, just before the target was reached, the usual fierce combats ensued.

Adverse winds delayed the opening of the attack and the same winds may have been the cause of the Pathfinder marking falling back well short of the target, despite the clear weather conditions. Some of the early bombing fell in the centre of Stuttgart but most of it fell in open country south-west of the city. The Akademie was damaged in the centre of Stuttgart and some housing was destroyed in the south-western suburbs.

37 aircraft - 27 Lancasters, 10 Halifaxes - were lost, 4.3 per cent of the force. 2 of the Lancasters force-landed in Switzerland.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary March 1944 - more info and photo's on lancasterll693.atwebpages.com

Rodger James Menzies Rodger James Menzies - Pilot

P/O - Service No 171390

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of David and Nessie Rodger, of Newmilns, Ayrshire.

Durnbach War Cemetery - grave 11.B.11

Source: CWGC - photo by Mike Casey info 623 Squadron

Capstick Nicholas Jackson Capstick Nicholas Jackson - FE

Sgt - Service No 1624412

Age:

RAFVR

Son of (Mr & Mrs N.J. Capstick, 17 Bronte St, Keighley. ?)

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 11.B.12-13.

Source: CWGC.

Baker Charles Henry Baker Charles Henry - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1600504

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Jack and Margaret Florence Baker, of St. Pancras, London.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 11.B.12-13.

Source: CWGC.

Favager Reginald Favager Reginald "Reg" - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1131906

Age: - POW No 2986 Stalag 357 Fallingbostel.

RAFVR

Son of

+1980 Manchester.
Brother Victor flying in a Lancaster, was shot down on the same raid, he didn't survive the crash.
100 Sqdn. RAFVR - Sgt, WOP, service no 1473895, age 20 - Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard - Sp. Mem. Row E. Grave 23.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - photo and diary extracts

Werrett Ronald Arthur Werrett Ronald Arthur - BA

F/S - Service No 1318617

Age:

RAFVR

Son of Ernest Werrett, and of Hannah Maude Werrett, of Bristol.

Durnbach War Cemetery - collective grave 11.B.12-13.

Source: CWGC.

Dill-Russell John David Casey L. J. - MUG

Sgt - Service No 633446

Age: - POW NO 3422 Stalag 357 Fallingbostel.

RAF

Son of

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

Sgt Baker, Sgt Casey,
P/O Rodger,
Sgt Werrell,
Sgt Favager,
Sgt Jory,
Sgt Capstick.

This photograph is believed to have been taken at RAF Downham Market. Just in view the Stirling's unmistakable landing gear.

Photo by Mike Casey 623 Squadron

Jory Anthony Jory Anthony - RG

F/S - Service No 1317098

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Nicholas Archibald Jory, and of Matilda Jory, of Plympton, Devon.

Durnbach War Cemetery - grave 11.B.14.

Source: CWGC.