115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

22/23 April 1944

Lancaster Mk III - ND753 KO-K

T/O Witchford 2302 - target Dusseldorf, Germany. Shot down by flak and crashed bursting into flames on impact with the ground at Unterbach, 7 Km SE of Dusseldorf.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - more photo's and info Aircrew Remembered

596 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 254 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos - of all groups except No 5.

2,150 tons of bombs were dropped in this old-style heavy attack on a German city which caused much destruction but also allowed the German night-fighter force to penetrate the bomber stream. The attack fell mostly in the northern districts of Düsseldorf. Widespread damage was caused.

29 aircraft - 16 Halifaxes and 13 Lancasters - lost, 4.9 percent of the force.

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

Chantler Robert Edward Chantler Robert Edward - Pilot

P/O - Service No 172981

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of William and Mary Chantler, of Jarvis Brook, Crowborough, Sussex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave joint grave 7. D. 1-2.

Source: CWGC - info 623 Squadron

Tweedie John Burns Tweedie John Burns - FE

P/O - Service No 175327

Age: 34

RAFVR

Son of James and Janet B. Tweedie.
Husband of Dorothy Ethel Tweedie, of Kensington, London.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. C. 18.

Source: CWGC.

Drew Douglas M Drew Douglas M. - Nav

F/O - Service No 145376

Age: 35

RAFVR

Son of James Lawson Drew and Mary Walker Drew, of Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. B.A. (Oxon.).

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - joint grave 7. D. 1-2.

Source: CWGC.

Nash Donald Percy Nash Donald Percy - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1575026

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. E. 3.

Source: CWGC - photo on Aircrew Remembered

Francis Robert Lewis Francis Robert Lewis - BA

W/O II - Service No R162649

Age: 25

RCAF

Son of James Henry and Anne Jane Francis, of Steveston, British Columbia, Canada.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. E. 4.

Source: CWGC - more info City of Richmond

Brown William Norman Waldron Brown William Norman Waldron - MUG

P/O - Service No 17786

Age: 32

RAAF

Son of John Joseph Waldron Brown and Grace Agnes Brown.
Husband of Frances Gertrude Brown, of Albany, Western Australia.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. C. 17.

Source: CWGC - photo and more info RAAF Casualty Database and service record

Farmer Kenneth Farmer Kenneth - RG

Sgt - Service No 636504

Age: 24

RAF

Son of Charles and Alice Farmer.
Husband of Isley May Farmer, of Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. C. 16.

Source: CWGC.