115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

13/14 July 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS690 KO-C

T/o East Wretham 23u.45 - target Aachen, Germany. Shot down by night fighter Hauptmann August Geiger of the I./NJG 4. Crashed at La Cornette, Bouillon (province Luxembourg).

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS660 KO-P, 7 KIA

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

374 aircraft - 214 Halifaxes, 76 Wellingtons, 55 Stirlings, 18 Lancasters, 11 Mosquitos ordered to Aachen.

A strong tail wind brought the first waves of the Main Force into the target area before Zero Hour with the result that, when the first Pathfinder markers were released, an unusually large number of aircraft bombed in the first minutes of the raid.
The visibility was good and large areas of Aachen appeared to burst into flame at once. In the words of the report from Aachen, 'A Terrorangriff [Terrorattack] of the most severe scale was delivered.'
2 Oboe Mosquitos carried out a diversion for the Aachen raid by dropping target indicators over Cologne.

20 aircraft - 15 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 2 Wellingtons, 1 Stirling - lost, 5.3 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary July 1943.

Baird Robert Alexander Baird Robert Alexander G. (The Hon.) - Pilot

Squadron Leader - Service No 70789

Age: 33

Royal Air force

Les Hayons Churchyard - Coll. grave

Son of John Lawrence Baird, P.C., G.C.M.G., D.S.O., 1st Viscount Stonehaven, and of Viscountess Stonehaven (nee Keith Falconer); husband of Dormigelda Malvina Baird, of Great Waltham, Essex.

Source: CWGC. - Photo: Lancaster verliezen in België 1941-1945 - Wim Govaerts, via A. Flower.

Odendaal Johannes Odendaal Johannes Ernest Conraad - FE

Sgt - Service No 777926 / 4B(83699)

Age: - °13th Nov 1929, Kabwe Zambia.

RAF

POW - no 83699 - Stalag Mülberg-Elbe

Married in Epsom Surrey England to Sergeant No 448748 Pearl Margaret Simpson,W.A.A.F.
+ Kariba Zimbabwe, 2nd Aug 1995, buried at Chimanimani Zimbabwe.
I am one of seven children living in Scotland.

Moorcroft William Moorcroft William James - Nav

F/O - Service No 127974

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Robert and Elizabeth Margaret Moorcroft, of Maghull, Lancashire.

Les Hayons Churchyard - colective grave

Source: CWGC - Photo: Lancaster verliezen in België 1941-1945 - Wim Govaerts, via A. Flower.

Walker Robert "Bobby" Alfred Walker Robert "Bobby" Alfred - AB

F/Sgt - Service No 1235107

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Horace Thomas Walker and Alice Isobel Walker, of Ramsey, Isle of Man.

Les Hayons Churchyard - collective grave

Source: CWGC. - Photo: Lancaster verliezen in België 1941-1945 - Wim Govaerts, via A. Flower)

Smith Edwin Smith Edwin - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1330882

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of

Les Hayons Churchyard - colective grave

Source: - Photo: Lancaster verliezen in België 1941-1945 - Wim Govaerts, via A. Flower.

Robinson Nicholas Auber Benjamin Robinson Nicholas Auber Benjamin - MUG

F/Sgt - Service No 406795

Age: 31

RAAF

Son of Auber Benjamin and Elizabeth Margaret Ivy Robinson, of Esperence, Western Australia.

Les Hayons Churchyard - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Matthews Harold Matthews Harold - BG

Sgt - Service No 1318179

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of George and Alice M. Matthews, of South Croydon, Surrey.

Les Hayons Churchyard - collective grave

Source: CWGC. - Photo: Lancaster verliezen in België 1941-1945 - Wim Govaerts, via A. Flower)