115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

8 June 1944

Lancaster Mk III - ND761 A4-C

T/O Witchford 0033 - target Chevreuse, France. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Les Breviaires (Seine-et-Oise), 6 Km NNW of Rambouillet.

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 ND760 A4-K, 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.

ND761Left to right;

Sgt Thomas Moreland
Sgt Kenneth Moore
F/O Robert Elwin
F/Lt Peter Norbury
F/O Martin Dodds
Sgt William Astley

Source: CWGC - Photo taken by Philipp Kidd Courtesy of John ElwinIn Memories.com

Norbury Peter Wingate Norbury Peter Wingate - Pilot

F/L - Service No 87027

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Kidd Philip Sidney Kidd Philip Sidney - FE

Sgt - Service No 2206292

Age: 30

RAFVR

Only son of Alfred Kidd and of Hannah Crabtree.
Husband of Constance Revill Kidd, of Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC photo by Phil Jennett In Memories.

Elwin Robert Norman Elwin Robert Norman - Nav

F/O - Service No J35237

Age: 30

RCAF - USA

Son of Henry Stephen and Marion Helen Elwin.
Husband of Winifred Alexander Elwin, of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Thomas Moreland Moreland Thomas - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1389740

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of William and Irene M. Moreland, of Seaham, Co. Durham.

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Dodds Martin Dodds Martin - BA

F/O - Service No 146377

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of Martin and Margaret Dobson Dodds, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Husband of Judith Margery Dodds.

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Moore Kenneth William Charles Moore Kenneth William Charles - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1894318

Age: -

RAFVR

Son of

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Astley William Edward Astley William Edward - RG

Sgt - Service No 2211645

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC.