115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

14/15 February 1945

Lancaster Mk III - LM725 KO-X

T/o Witchford 2037 - target Chemnitz.

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

499 Lancasters and 218 Halifaxes of Nos 1, 3,4,6 and 8 Groups to continue Operation Thunderclap.

This raid took place in two phases, 3 hours apart. A very elaborate diversion plan succeeded in keeping bomber casualties down but Chemnitz - now called Karl-Marx-Stadt - was also spared from the worst effects of its first major RAF raid. Both parts of the bomber force found the target area covered by cloud and only skymarking could be employed. Post-raid reconnaissance showed that many parts of the city were hit but that most of the bombing was in open country.

8 Lancasters and 5 Halifaxes lost.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary February 1945.

Slogrove Edward Arthur Slogrove Edward Arthur "Ted"- Pilot

F/O - Service No 137392

Age: - 1918 in Wandsworth, London

RAFVR

Son of Percy Clifford Slogrove and Violet May Morley of London.
Married Isobel Bekker in South Africa during WW2.
One son, Slogrove Anthony Peter.

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC - more info on Rootsweb Ancestry.

Booker Raymond Stanley Royden Booker Raymond Stanley Royden - FE

Sgt - Service No 1615924

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Booker, of Hertford.
Husband of May Booker, of Whitley Bay, Northumberland.

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Freakes Kenneth Freakes Kenneth - Nav

F/S - Service No 1604876

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Herbert and Violet Freakes, of West Ewell, Surrey.

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC - photo and info Aircrew Remembered

Sanderson Gerald Sanderson Gerald - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1589903

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Hegan Francis Joseph Hegan Francis Joseph - BA

F/O - Service No 163723

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Davies Leslie Davies Leslie - MUG

Sgt - Service No 2205993

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.

Eckford Robert Ivor Peter Eckford Robert Ivor Peter - RG

Sgt - Service No 2225711

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Robert D. S. Eckford and Violette M. Eckford, of Formby, Lancashire.

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC.