115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

24/25 March 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL730 KO-G

T/O Witchford 1844 - target Berlin, Germany. Shot down by a night fighter during the outwart flight was steered by F/S Williams towards Sweden. The a/c ran out of hight, and only the BA, Sgt Meikle succeeded in abondoning it seconds before it crashed at Ostseebad Rerik,12 kms WNW Kropelin, Mecklenburg, Germany.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL694 KO-N, 7 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS664 A4-K, "Werewolf", 4 KIA, 3 POW
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS678 KO-J, 5 KIA 2 POW

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - info: 3 Group Bomber Command, book Chris Ward

811 aircraft - 577 Lancasters, 216 Halifaxes, 18 Mosquitos - to Berlin.

This night became known in Bomber Command as 'the night of the strong winds'. A powerful wind from the north carried the bombers south at every stage of the flight. Not only was this wind not forecast accurately but it was so strong that the various methods available to warn crews of wind changes during the flight failed to detect the full strength of it. The bomber stream became very scattered, particularly on the homeward flight and radar-predicted flak batteries at many places were able to score successes. Part of the bomber force even strayed over the Ruhr defences on the return flight. It is believed that approximately 50 of the 72 aircraft lost were destroyed by flak; most of the remainder were victims of night fighters. Needless to say, the strong winds severely affected the marking with, unusually, markers being carried beyond the target and well out to the south-west of the city.

This was the last major RAF raid on Berlin during the war, although the city would be bombed many times by small forces of Mosquitos.

72 aircraft - 44 Lancasters, 28 Halifaxes - lost, 8.9 per cent of the force.

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

Williams Ieuan Glyndwyr Williams Ieuan Glyndwyr - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1415839

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - collective grave 14.L.1-11.

Source: CWGC.

Morris James Arthur Morris James Arthur - FE

Sgt - Service No 1851391

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of James John and Minnie Florence Morris, of Pilwood Park, Bristol.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - collective grave 14.L.1-11.

Source: CWGC.

Ward Montagu Arnold Ward Montagu Arnold - Nav

F/S - Service No 977445

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of William H. Ward and Ellen Ward, of Leyland, Lancashire.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - collective grave 14.L.1-11.

Source: CWGC.

Kearley John William Kearley John William "Jack" - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1396608

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Herbert John and Esther Elizabeth Kearley, of Addington, Croydon, Surrey.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - collective grave 14.L.1-11.

Source: CWGC.

Meikle E. Meikle E. - BA

Sgt - Service No 1545691

Age: - POW No 4011 Luft 1 Barth released 25/4/45.

RAFVR

Son of

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

Watson Thomas Colbeck Watson Thomas Colbeck - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1594037

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Maud Nancy Watson, of Eastrington, Yorkshire.

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - collective grave 14.L.1-11.

Source: CWGC.

Howells Ronald Howells Ronald - RG

W/O - Service No 1266769

Age: 35

RCAF

Son of

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery - collective grave 14.L.1-11.

Source: CWGC.