115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

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.

ND913The 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 Clarey Colin Mervyn - Pilot

F/O - Service No 426312

Age: 30

RAAF

Son of Alexander William and Clarice Leila Clarey.
Husband of Ida Vivian Orchard x21 May 1938 (°1915 - +2000), of Graceville, Queensland, Australia.
Their sons, Peter +2000, John 2015). Daugther Judith died in 2016.

Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 9.

Source: CWGC - photo Ancestry

Luton Herbert Charles Luton Herbert Charles - FE

Sgt - Service No 542814

Age: 25

RAF

Son of William Retford Luton and Lucy Jane Luton, of Brislington, Bristol.

Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 12.

Source: CWGC.

Line Edward John Line Edward John - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1579769

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Line.
Husband of Marie Ballinger x16 May 1944, of Potterspury, Northamptonshire.

Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1, Grave 6.

Source: CWGC - photo Dorpsbehoud Papendrecht

Hancock Douglas Hancock Douglas - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1337513

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hancock, of Tredegar, Monmouthshire.

Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 10.

Source: CWGC.

Kirkland Samuel Edward Kirkland Samuel Edward - BA

F/S - Service No 1581273

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Nathaniel and Violet Kirkland, of Stockingford, Warwickshire.

Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 7

Source: CWGC.

Middleton Arthur Walter Middleton Arthur Walter - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1569017

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Ernest and Margaret R. Middleton, of Sherburn, Co. Durham.

Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 11.

Source: CWGC.

Barlow Charles Alfred Barlow Charles Alfred - RG

F/S - Service No 427790

Age: 19

RAAF

Son of Charles Percival and Beatrice Adeline Barlow, of Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia.

Papendrecht General Cemetery - grave Plot G. Row 1. Grave 8.

Source: CWGC.