115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

8 June 1944

Lancaster Mk III - ND790 KO-H

T/O Witchford 0034 - target Chevreuse, France. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Houdan, 18 Km 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 ND761 A4-C, 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.

ND790 Back row;

P/O Francis Sydney
P/O Moller Halvar
Sgt Lane Henry

Front row; Sgt Hitchcock George
Sgt Wharton Albert
F/O Fauntain William

Source: photo's Colin Jarrold for Find a Grave

Francis Sydney Frederick Francis Sydney Frederick - Pilot

P/O - Service No 54718

Age:

RAF

Son of

Houdan Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Sellick Albert John Sellick Albert John - FE

Sgt - Service No 1177392

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Houdan Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC photo Colin Jarrold for Find a Grave

Fountain William Arthur Horace Fountain William Arthur Horace - Nav

P/O - Service No 132839

Age: 30

RAFVR

Son of William and Louisa Maria Fountain.
Husband of Maud Spencer Fountain, of Camberwell, London.

Houdan Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Wharton Albert Wharton Albert - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1610054

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Smith and Mina Wharton.
Husband of Florence Isabella Wharton, of Syresham, Northamptonshire.

Houdan Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Hitchcock George Edwin Hitchcock George Edwin - BA

F/S - Service No R146998

Age: 23

RCAF

Son of Edwin and Lilian E. Hitchcock, of Charing Cross, Ontario, Canada.

Houdan Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Lane Henry Joseph Lawrence Michael Lane Henry Joseph Lawrence Michael - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1853600

Age: - 22

RAFVR

Son of Thomas Patrick and Pauline Lane, of Copnor, Hampshire.

Houdan Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC.

Moller Halvar Leo Fred Moller Halvar Leo Fred - RG

P/O - Service No J92035

Age: 34

RCAF

Son of Arvid A. A. Moller and Emmy C. Moller, of Edberg, Alberta, Canada.

Houdan Communal Cemetery, Departement Seine-et-Oise - collective grave

Source: CWGC.