115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

14 October 1944

Lancaster Mk III - ND805 A4-J

T/O Witchford 0710 - target Duisburg Docks, Germany. "Operation Hurricane";. Shot down by flak.

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

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk I HK599 KO-K, 6 KIA, 1 POW

1,013 aircraft - 519 Lancasters, 474 Halifaxes and 20 Mosquitos - were dispatched to Duisburg with RAF fighters providing an escort.

This raid was part of a special operation which has received little mention in the history books. On 13 October, Sir Arthur Harris received the directive for "Operation Hurricane":

"In order to demonstrate to the enemy in Germany generally the overwhelming superiority of the Allied Air Forces in this theatre ... the intention is to apply within the shortest practical period the maximum effort of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command and the VIIIth United States Bomber Command against objectives in the densely populated Ruhr."

Bomber Command had probably been forewarned of the directive because it was able to mount the first part of the operation soon after first light on 14 October. No heavy bombers had flown on operations for 48 hours.

957 bombers dropped 3,574 tons of high explosive and 820 tons of incendiaries on Duisburg.

14 aircraft were lost - 13 Lancasters and 1 Halifax; it is probable that the Lancasters provided the early waves of the raid and drew the attention of the German flak before the flak positions were overwhelmed by the bombing.

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

ND805 photo Tosh World tour 2012 blogspot

Price David Mayson Price David Mayson - Pilot

F/O - Service No J25375

Age: - 23

RCAF

Only child of F. Llewellyn Price, M.B.E., and Jane Mayson Price, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. B. Comm., Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 248

Source: CWGC - photo and info Canadian Virtual War Memorial

French F. M. French F. M. - FE

Sgt - Service No 1868666

Age: - POW No

RAFVR

Son of

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

Johnston J. D. Johnston J. D. - Nav

F/O - Service No J15430

Age: - POW No

RCAF

Son of

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

Brunning Joseph Charles Brunning Joseph Charles - WOP

P/O - Service No 185379

Age: 34

RAFVR

Son of Arthur and Eliza Mary Ann Brunning.
Husband of Jean Brunning, of Eastcote, Middlesex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 210

Source: CWGC.

Redden Clyde George Redden Clyde George - BA

F/O - Service No J35732

Age: 21 - °7 November 1922.

RAFVR

Son of George Alexander Redden and Annie Theresa Redden, of Black Point, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia, Canada.
Five other brothers and sisters.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 248

Source: CWGC photo and more info Tosh World tour 2012 blogspot

Haggis Douglas Stewart Haggis Douglas Stewart - MUG

P/O - Service No J95154

Age: 20

RCAF

Son of Albert Edward and Frances Jane Haggis, of Roseland, Ontario, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 250

Source: CWGC.

Hamilton Dale McGowan Hamilton Dale McGowan - RG

P/O - Service No J95155

Age: 19

RCAF

Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 16. D. 2.

Source: CWGC.