30 July 1944
Lancaster Mk III - ND913 A4-M "Popeye"
|T/O Witchford 2230 - target Bottrop Oil Plant near Homberg, Germany. Crashed at Papendrecht/Sliedrecht, Netherlands at 0500 hours.
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III LM510 KO-K, 2 KIA, 5 survived
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
147 Lancasters and 11 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups,
attacked the oil plant at Homberg and caused severe damage. German documents show that the production of aviation fuel, which had stood at nearly 6,000 tons per day at the end of April, was now fluctuating between 120 and 970 tons per day, following Bomber Command and American Eighth Air Force raids. But German night fighters caught the Homberg bomber force.
20 Lancasters were lost. No 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, from Mepal, lost 7 of its 25 aircraft on the raid.
6 aircraft - 5 Halifaxes and 1 Lancaster - were shot down.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary July 1944.
|The only know photo from the complete crew and their "Popeye".
Ted Line is the second of left. this photo was made between March and July, 1944.
Source: photo and more info Dorpsbehoud Papendrecht
The remains of the Lancaster were excavated by the Dutch Royal Air force, 2001/2002.
|Clarey Colin Mervyn - Pilot
F/O - Service No 426312
Son of Alexander William and Clarice Leila Clarey.
Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 9.
Source: CWGC - photo Ancestry
|Luton Herbert Charles - FE
Sgt - Service No 542814
Son of William Retford Luton and Lucy Jane Luton, of Brislington, Bristol.
Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 12.
|Line Edward John - Nav
Sgt - Service No 1579769
Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Line.
Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1, Grave 6.
Source: CWGC - photo Dorpsbehoud Papendrecht
|Hancock Douglas - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1337513
Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hancock, of Tredegar, Monmouthshire.
Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 10.
|Kirkland Samuel Edward - BA
F/S - Service No 1581273
Son of Nathaniel and Violet Kirkland, of Stockingford, Warwickshire.
Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 7
|Middleton Arthur Walter - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1569017
Son of Ernest and Margaret R. Middleton, of Sherburn, Co. Durham.
Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 11.
|Barlow Charles Alfred - RG
F/S - Service No 427790
Son of Charles Percival and Beatrice Adeline Barlow, of Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia.
Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 8.