115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

24/25 February 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL701 KO-F

T/O Witchford 1850 - target Schweinfurt, Germany. Lost without trace.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL644 KO-N, 7 KIA.

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

734 aircraft - 554 Lancasters, 169 Halifaxes, 11 Mosquitos - carried out the first Bomber Command raid on Schweinfurt, home of Germany's main ball-bearing factories. 266 American B-17s had raided the factories the previous day.

Bomber Command introduced a novel tactic on this night. The Schweinfurt force was split into two parts - 392 aircraft and 342 aircraft, separated by a 2-hour interval. Part of the German fighter force was drawn up by earlier diversions.

The first wave of the Schweinfurt bombers lost 22 aircraft, 5.6 per cent;
the second wave lost only 11 aircraft, 3.2 per cent, and it is believed that only 4 bombers from the second wave were shot down by night fighters.

Total losses were 33 aircraft - 26 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes - 4.5 per cent of the force.

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

Hornby John Clement Hornby John Clement - Pilot

F/L - Service No 150016

Age: 32

RAFVR

Son of *Rev William Hornby and Helen Le Neve Foster, of Port Lewaigue, Isle of Man.
*Husband of Mary Elizabeth Karran x1943, Marylebone, London

Runnymede Memorial - panel 202

Source: CWGC - *info The Cobbold Family History Trust

Challinor Arthur Frederick Challinor Arthur Frederick - FE

Sgt - Service No 1623295

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Frederick James Challinor and Ivy Challinor, of Liverpool.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 226

Source: CWGC.

Casper Leonard Charles Casper Leonard Charles "Cyril" - Nav

F/S - Service No 1392257

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Cyril Leonard and Beatrice Maud Casper, of Peckham, London.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 216

Source: CWGC - photo Aircrew Remembered

Morley Kenneth Morley Kenneth - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1531492

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of John Turner Morley and Maud Morley, of Leeds, Yorkshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 234

Source: CWGC.

Colthurst John Buller Colthurst John Buller - BA

F/O - Service No 143762

Age: 33

RAFVR

Son of *Arthur Beadon Colthurst, and Mary Teresa Paul from Argentina.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 205
*Captain in the 14th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. +25 October, 1916, aged 46, buried at Faubourg-D'Amiens cemetery, France, grave I. H. 14.
Anthony Paul Colthurst DSO +15 November, 1942, age 41. Commander HMS Avenger. Lee-on-Solent Memorial - Bay 2, Panel 7.

Source: CWGC - Father and two sons killed in world wars John Brewer, Bristol Post

Kennedy Francis Leonard Kennedy Francis Leonard - MUG

P/O - Service No J92027

Age: 27

RCAF

Son of Duncan and Catherine Kennedy, of Apple Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 251

Source: CWGC.

Ward Gordon Lewis Ward Gordon Lewis - RG

F/S - Service No R191520

Age: 19

RCAF

Son of Lewis Garfield Ward and Ellen Jane Ward, of London, Ontario, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 255

Source: CWGC - photo Aircrew Remembered