115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

8 June 1944

Lancaster Mk III - ND760 A4-K

T/O Witchford 0031 - target Chevreuse, France. Shot down by a night fighter during the outward flight and crashed at Quai Lahonal, Puteaux, West Bank of the Seine, 7 Km WNW of the centre of Paris.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk I HK548, KO-W, 2 KIA, 5 EVA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk I LL864 A4-H2, 7 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III ND761 A4-C, 7 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III ND790 KO-H, 7 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk I HK552 KO-J, 6 KIA, 1 POW

The target was a major road bridge in Paris between Massy and Palaiseau. Its destruction would seriously hamper the movement of reinforcements to the invasion Front. To avoid loss of French cicilian life orders were to wait for the Master Bomber to verify that the markers were correct before bombing took place. There was thick ground haze and the Master Bomber went u/s.
The deputy took some time to get it all together and in the meantime the force of 337 bombers sent to various targets around Paris waited. It was a clear night and the night fighters descended.

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

337 aircraft - 195 Halifaxes, 122 Lancasters, 20 Mosquitos.

Attacks railway targets at Achères, Juvisy, Massey Palaiseau and Versailles. Bombing conditions were better than on the previous night. All targets were accurately bombed and, although no details are available, it is probable that fewer civilians were killed. The targets were mostly more distant from the battle front than those recently attacked and German night fighters had more time to intercept the bomber forces.

17 Lancasters and 11 Halifaxes were lost, 8.3 per cent of the forces involved.

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

Quinton Charles Henry Quinton Charles Henry - Pilot

P/O - Service No 175619

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of Charles Henry and Sarah Ellen Quinton, of Longton, Staffordshire.

Clichy New Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine - Plot 16. Row 8. Grave 7.

Source: CWGC.

Fielder Ronald Ernest Fielder Ronald Ernest - FE

Sgt - Service No 1852280

Age: 26

RAFVR

Son of Ernest and Georgina Fielder.
Husband of Elsie Mary Fielder, of Ashford, Kent.

Clichy New Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine - Plot 16. Row 9. collective grave 2-3.

Source: CWGC.

Richardson Eric Foster Richardson Eric Foster - Nav

P/O - Service No 176866

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Thomas +6 May 1955 and Rachel +6 September 1967 Foster Richardson, of South Shields, Co. Durham.

Clichy New Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine - Plot 16. Row 9. Coll. grave 2-3.

Source: CWGC.

Crawford William Andrew Crawford William Andrew - WOP

F/S - Service No 1134045

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Clichy New Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine - Plot 16. Row 9. Coll. grave 2-3.

Source: CWGC.

Milligan Robert Arbuthnot Milligan Robert Arbuthnot - BA

Sgt - Service No 1272279

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Clichy New Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine - Plot 16. Row 9. Grave 1.

Source: CWGC.

Millington Peter Edward Millington Peter Edward - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1874036

Age: - 21

RAFVR

Son of Edward Millington and Sybil Rosalind Thain, of 1 Victoria Villas, Exning Road, Newmarket.

Clichy New Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine - Plot 16. Row 9. collective grave 2-3.

Source: CWGC photo Undying memory Newmarket

Edwards Gordon MacKenzie Edwards Gordon MacKenzie - RG

Sgt - Service No 591941

Age: 21

RAF

Son of Gladys Edwards, and foster-son of Mrs. F. Kirkham, of Nantglyn, Denbighshire.

Clichy New Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine - Plot 16. Row 9. Grave 4.

Source: CWGC.