115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

12/13 August 1944

Lancaster Mk III - ND927 KO-B

T/O Witchford 2143 - target Brunswick, Germany. Crashed at Ordinghausen 15 km W of Hoya - 01.00 hrs.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III PB127 KO-T, 6 KIA, 1 POW.

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

242 Lancasters and 137 Halifaxes.

This was an experimental raid. No Pathfinder aircraft took part and there was no marking. The intention was to discover how successfully a force of aircraft could carry out a raid with each crew bombing on the indications of its own H2S set. The raid was not successful and there was no concentration of bombing. The Brunswick report calls it a 'heavy raid' but only states that bombs fell in the central and Stadtpark areas. Other towns, up to 20 miles distant, were mistaken for Brunswick and were also bombed.

17 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes lost, 7.1 per cent of the force.

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

Hockey G. B. Hockey G. B. - Pilot

F/O - Service No 422183

Age: - POW No 7476 Luft 3.

RAAF

Son of

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

Beecroft Robert Gordon Beecroft Robert Gordon - FE

Sgt - Service No 2201738

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of George Albert and Alice Beecroft, of Holmesfield, Yorkshire

Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 21. B. 4.

Source: CWGC.

McDougall Raymond Albert James McDougall Raymond Albert James - Nav

P/O - Service No 421611

Age: 22

RAAF

Son of Albert George and Gladys Katherine McDougall, of Banksia, New South Wales, Australia.

Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 21. B. 3.

Source: CWGC.

Dott Hugh Fraser Dott Hugh Fraser - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1682296

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Angus and Janet Dott, of Port Bannatyne, Buteshire.

Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 21. B. 2.

Source: CWGC.

Grogan Kevin Francis Grogan Kevin Francis - BA

P/O - Service No 422269

Age: 23

RAAF

Son of Oliver Francis Grogan and Ella Grogan.
Husband of Edith Manya Grogan, of Coogee, New South Wales, Australia.

Becklingen War Cemetery - collective grave 21. B. 12-14.

Source: CWGC - photo Australian War Memorial

Chase Albert John Chase Albert John - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1323849

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Albert Thomas Chase and Emily Clara Chase, of Portsmouth.

Becklingen War Cemetery - collective grave 21. B. 12-14.

Source: CWGC.

Mattles Frederick A. Kennedy Donald Thomson - RG

Sgt - Service No 1822421

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Provost Donald Thomson Kennedy and Margaret Marshall Lvle Kennedy, of Dunfermline, Fife.

Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 21. B. 11.

Source: CWGC.