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 - Pilot
P/O - Service No 172981
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 - FE
P/O - Service No 175327
Son of James and Janet B. Tweedie.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. C. 18.
|Drew Douglas M. - Nav
F/O - Service No 145376
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.
|Nash Donald Percy - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1575026
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. E. 3.
Source: CWGC - photo on Aircrew Remembered
|Francis Robert Lewis - BA
W/O II - Service No R162649
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 - MUG
P/O - Service No 17786
Son of John Joseph Waldron Brown and Grace Agnes Brown.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. C. 17.
Source: CWGC - photo and more info RAAF Casualty Database and service record
|Farmer Kenneth - RG
Sgt - Service No 636504
Son of Charles and Alice Farmer.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. C. 16.